Accident de Havilland Canada DHC-8-102 N815EX, Sunday 10 August 2014
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Date:Sunday 10 August 2014
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH8A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland Canada DHC-8-102
Owner/operator:US Airways Express
Registration: N815EX
MSN: 321
Year of manufacture:1992
Total airframe hrs:53834 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada PW120A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 20
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Location:near Harrisburg International Airport, PA (MDT) -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Harrisburg International Airport, PA (MDT/KMDT)
Destination airport:Philadelphia International Airport, PA (PHL/KPHL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
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: "The airplanes collision with geese during the takeoff roll."

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



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