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Last updated: 7 December 2021
Datum:dinsdag 3 december 2002
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ36 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 36A
Vloog voor:Phoenix Air
Gehuurd van:CFF Air
Registratie: N546PA
Constructienummer: 36-045
Bouwjaar: 1980
Aantal vlieguren:12335
Motoren: 2 Garrett TFE731-2-2B
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 2
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 2
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 4
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Astoria Airport, OR (AST) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Start (TOF)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:Astoria Airport, OR (AST/KAST), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Astoria Airport, OR (AST/KAST), Verenigde Staten
A Learjet 36 corporate jet (N546PA) struck an elk while accellerating through takeoff decision speed at Astoria Airport's runway 08. Takeoff was aborted but the aircraft overran the runway, coming to rest in a marshy patch, 180 feet beyond the departure threshold.. The Learjet was on a support mission for the Canadian Armed Forces.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Collision with an elk during the takeoff roll. Factors include dark night VFR conditions."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 161 days (5 months)
Accident number: SEA03LA010
Download report: Summary report


Currently, the Astoria airport's perimeter is bordered with animal control fence.


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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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