ASN Aircraft accident Learjet 25B N108PA Wilmington-Greater Wilmington Airport, DE (ILG)
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Date:Wednesday 17 August 1983
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ25 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 25B
Operator:Northeast Jet
Registration: N108PA
MSN: 25-195
First flight: 1975
Total airframe hrs:4758
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:1,6 km (1 mls) S of Wilmington-Greater Wilmington Airport, DE (ILG) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Wilmington-Greater Wilmington Airport, DE (ILG/KILG), United States of America
Destination airport:Danville Municipal Airport, VA (DAN/KDAN), United States of America
After lift-off a flock of 200 Starling birds approached from left to right at about 400 ft. The pilot maneuvered the aircraft behind and above the birds in an attempt to avoid them. In doing so the airplane attained steep climbing angle of probably 40-45 degrees. Both engines flamed out and the pilot carried out a forced landing on a road. Some bird residue was found on the engines.

Probable Cause:

aircraft performance,climb capability..exceeded
aircraft handling..improper..pilot in command
maneuver..performed..pilot in command
aircraft performance,two or more engines..inoperative

Bird strike
Forced landing outside airport



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Distance from Wilmington-Greater Wilmington Airport, DE to Danville Municipal Airport, VA as the crow flies is 472 km (295 miles).

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