Bird strike Accident Embraer ERJ-145XR N14105, 10 Aug 2010
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 165353
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Type:Silhouette image of generic E45X model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Embraer ERJ-145XR
Owner/operator:ExpressJet Airlines
Registration: N14105
MSN: 145649
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 50
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:5 miles North of Salt Lake City Intn\'l Airport, UT (SLC) -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Houston-George Bush Intercontinental Airport, TX (IAH/KIAH)
Destination airport:Salt Lake City, UT (KSLC)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
While on the downwind leg of the traffic pattern for the destination airport, the flying pilot transferred his focus from the instrument panel to outside the airplane. Immediately thereafter, he noticed a flock/formation of large birds directly ahead. With the airplane in such close proximity of the birds, he had no time to take evasive action. One of the birds impacted the airplane just aft of the nose cone. The bird, which was later tentatively identified as a White Pelican, penetrated the airplane's skin and entered the forward avionics bay. Neither flightcrew member had seen the birds in time for evasive action to be taken.
Probable Cause: An in-flight collision with a bird while on the downwind leg of the traffic pattern during a visual approach.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 7 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

10-Apr-2014 06:30 Katonk2014 Added
05-Dec-2015 20:04 junior sjc Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
26-Nov-2017 18:06 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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