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Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
Date:Monday 26 February 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 24
Operator:Machinery Buyers Corp
Registration: N454RN
C/n / msn: 24-121
First flight: 1966
Engines: 2 General Electric CJ610-4
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Atlanta-DeKalb Peachtree Airport, GA (PDK) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Atlanta-DeKalb Peachtree Airport, GA (PDK/KPDK), United States of America
Destination airport:Miami (unknown airport), FL, United States of America
Crashed into buildings when both engines lost power due to birdstrike on takeoff from Dekalb-Peachtree Airport runway 20L.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The loss of engine thrust during takeoff due to ingestion of birds by the engines, resulting in loss of control of the airplane. The Federal Aviation Administration and the Airport Authority were aware of the bird hazard at the airport; however, contrary to previous commitments, the airport management did not take positive action to remove the bird hazard from the airport environment."

Bird strike
All engine powerloss
Loss of control

Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 3 Safety Recommendations

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