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Last updated: 9 May 2021
Datum:zondag 24 november 2013
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH8A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-8-102
Operated by:Piedmont Airlines
On behalf of:US Airways Express
Registratie: N808EX
Constructienummer: 299
Bouwjaar: 1991-09-10 (22 years 3 months)
Aantal vlieguren:53120
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW120A
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 37
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 40
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Repaired
Plaats:28 km (17.5 mijl) N of Philadelphia International Airport, PA (PHL) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Binghamton Airport, NY (BGM/KBGM), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Philadelphia International Airport, PA (PHL/KPHL), Verenigde Staten
Piedmont Airlines flight 4314, a DHC-8-100, encountered a flock of a birds during the descent into Philadelphia International Airport, Pennsylvania, USA. The airplane was located about 16 miles north of KPHL, and at about 4000 feet mean sea level (msl), when multiple birds impacted the fuselage and wing of the airplane. The flight crew notified air traffic control, and did not declare an emergency. The flight landed uneventfully at KPHL. Post flight maintenance inspection revealed substantial damage to the left front wing spar, left wing skin, and vertical stabilizer deice boot.
None of the 40 passengers and crew onboard were injured and the airplane was substantially damaged.

Probable Cause:

Probable Cause: An inadvertent encounter with several birds during approach that resulted in substantial damage to the airplane.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 5 years and 9 months
Accident number: DCA14CA031
Download report: Final report


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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Binghamton Airport, NY en Philadelphia International Airport, PA bedraagt 265 km (166 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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