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Last updated: 6 December 2021
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Sonntag 10 August 2014
Zeit:06:05
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DH8A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-8-102
Betrieben durch:US Airways Express
Gemietet von :Piedmont
Kennzeichen: N815EX
Werknummer: 321
Baujahr: 1992
Betriebsstunden:53834
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW120A
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 17
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 20
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Repaired
Unfallort:nahe Harrisburg International Airport, PA (MDT) (   USA)
Flugphase: Anfangssteigflug (ICL)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Harrisburg International Airport, PA (MDT/KMDT), USA
Flug nach:Philadelphia International Airport, PA (PHL/KPHL), USA
Flugnummer:US4206
Unfallbericht:
US Airways Express flight US4206 returned to land at Harrisburg International Airport, Pennsylvania, USA after sustaining a bird strike on departure. The aircraft, a DHC-8-102, encountered a flock of geese.
The captain was the pilot flying and the first officer was the pilot monitoring. According to the flight crew, about 15 seconds into the takeoff roll and prior to V1, the captain observed a large group of geese flying from right to left in front of the airplane. He immediately initiated a rejected takeoff as the airplane impacted multiple geese on the front windshield and the right engine propeller, which caused a severe vibration. The flight crew shut down the right engine as the airplane slowed and returned to the gate.
Examination of the airplane indicated damage to the right propeller, a broken passenger window, and damage to the fuselage skin and stringers near the broken window.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The airplanes collision with geese during the takeoff roll."

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years and 7 months
Accident number: DCA14CA147
Download report: Final report

Informationsquelle:
» NTSB


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Distance from Harrisburg International Airport, PA to Philadelphia International Airport, PA as the crow flies is 134 km (83 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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