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Last updated: 3 December 2021
Datum:zondag 10 augustus 2014
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH8A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-8-102
Vloog voor:US Airways Express
Gehuurd van:Piedmont
Registratie: N815EX
Constructienummer: 321
Bouwjaar: 1992
Aantal vlieguren:53834
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW120A
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 17
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 20
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Repaired
Plaats:nabij Harrisburg International Airport, PA (MDT) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: InitiŽle klim (ICL)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Harrisburg International Airport, PA (MDT/KMDT), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Philadelphia International Airport, PA (PHL/KPHL), Verenigde Staten
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:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years and 7 months
Accident number: DCA14CA147
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 Harrisburg International Airport, PA en Philadelphia International Airport, PA bedraagt 134 km (83 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkís 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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