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Last updated: 28 September 2020
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 28 July 1968
Time:10:43
Type:Silhouette image of generic FA20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Dassault Falcon 20C
Operator:Executive Jet Aviation
Registration: N367EJ
C/n / msn: 028
First flight: 1966
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Cleveland-Burke Lakefront Airport, OH (BKL) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Cleveland-Burke Lakefront Airport, OH (BKL/KBKL), United States of America
Destination airport:Portland International Jetport, ME (PWM/KPWM), United States of America
Narrative:
On departure from Cleveland the airplane's engines ingested a large number of gulls. Both engines flamed out and the crew attempted to carry out a forced landing. The Falcon collided with a fence and crash-landed in Lake Erie. The crew members were rescued by a boat. A total of 315 birds were found dead. The no. 1 engine compressor unit was 20% filled with the remains of birds, the no. 2 compressor was 17% filled.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSES:
powerplant - miscellaneous: bird ingestion
personnel - traffic control personnel: failure to advise of unsafe airport conditions
FACTOR:
personnel - airport supervisory personnel: failure to notify of unsafe cond/and or failure to mark obstruction

Classification:
Bird strike
Ditching

Sources:
» Fatalities and Destroyed Civil Aircraft Due To Bird Strikes 1912-2002 / John Thorpe (International Bird Strike Committee ISBC26/WP-SA1)
» NTSB


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Distance from Cleveland-Burke Lakefront Airport, OH to Portland International Jetport, ME as the crow flies is 953 km (596 miles).

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