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Last updated: 4 December 2021
Datum:dinsdag 25 april 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic SF34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Saab 340B
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Northwest Airlink
Registratie: N404XJ
Constructienummer: 340B-404
Bouwjaar: 1996
Aantal vlieguren:8863
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 18
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 21
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Repaired
Plaats:Hancock-Houghton County Airport, MI (CMX) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Start (TOF)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Hancock-Houghton County Airport, MI (CMX/KCMX), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, MN (MSP/KMSP), Verenigde Staten
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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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 Hancock-Houghton County Airport, MI en Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, MN bedraagt 441 km (276 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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