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Last updated: 30 November 2021
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mardi 25 avril 2000
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic SF34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Saab 340B
Compagnie:Northwest Airlink
Immatriculation: N404XJ
Numéro de série: 340B-404
Année de Fabrication: 1996
Heures de vol:8863
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 3
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 18
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 21
Dégats de l'appareil: Substantiels
Conséquences: Repaired
Lieu de l'accident:Hancock-Houghton County Airport, MI (CMX) (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: Au décollage (TOF)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:Hancock-Houghton County Airport, MI (CMX/KCMX), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, MN (MSP/KMSP), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Numéro de vol:3233
A Saab 340B, N404XJ, operated by Mesaba Airlines as Northwest Airlink flight 3233, collided with two deer during a takeoff ground run at the Hancock-Houghton Memorial Airport, Michigan. The Captain, First Officer, Flight Attendant, and 18 passengers were not injured. The airplane received substantial damage.
The first officer (flying pilot) reported that during the takeoff run, the captain noticed a group of about seven deer approaching the runway. The first officer aborted the takeoff; however, the airplane contacted two deer which ran onto the runway. The deer contacted the left engine/propeller which automatically shut down. The airplane then taxied to the gate without further incident.
The collision occurred approximately 3,000 feet down the runway which was 6,501 feet long and 150 feet wide, just prior to the airplane reaching V1.
The operator reported the left engine gearbox was damaged. The engine compressor case was cracked 120 degrees around its circumference. Two propeller blades completely separated from the hub. The forward portion of the engine nacelle was twisted and the longerons which attach the nacelle to the wing were cracked.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The deer which ran onto the runway and were subsequently struck by the airplane."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year
Accident number: CHI00LA124
Download report: Summary report



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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Hancock-Houghton County Airport, MI et Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, MN est de 441 km (276 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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