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Last updated: 6 December 2021
Date:Sunday 20 July 1986
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-296
Registration: C-GQBH
MSN: 22516/759
First flight: 1981-04-14 (5 years 3 months)
Total airframe hrs:12210
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 58
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 64
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Wabush Airport, NL (YWK) (   Canada)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Wabush Airport, NL (YWK/CYWK), Canada
Destination airport:Sept-Īles Airport, QC (YZV/CYZV), Canada
Flightnumber: 461
Flight 461 was cleared for a runway 19 departure, bound for Sept-Iles Airport. During the takeoff roll, the first officer sighted a bird on the runway. Accelerating through 114 knots this seagull was ingested into the left engine. At 126 knots (V1 was calculated to be 127 kts) the engine began to lose power. The takeoff was aborted, reversers selected, speedbrakes deployed and maximum wheel braking applied. The aircraft left the runway about 175 feet before the runway's end. It came to rest in a bog 200 feet beyond the end of the runway. Because the runway was wet, the distance required to stop the aircraft exceeded that which was available. Pre-flight takeoff performance calculations did not take into account the effects of the wet runway, nor was such a calculation required by regulation.

Bird strike
Rejected takeoff
Runway excursion

» ICAO Circular 145-AN/147 (70-85)


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Distance from Wabush Airport, NL to Sept-Īles Airport, QC as the crow flies is 301 km (188 miles).

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