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Last updated: 6 December 2021
Datum:Mittwoch 15 Februar 2017
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic CRJ7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Canadair CL-600-2C10 Regional Jet CRJ-701ER
Operator:PSA Airlines
On behalf of:American Eagle
Kennzeichen: N709PS
Werknummer: 10165
Baujahr: 2004
Triebwerk: 2 General Electric CF34-8C5B1
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 4
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 44
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 48
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Repaired
Unfallort:Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, NC (CLT) (   USA)
Flugphase: Start (TOF)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, NC (CLT/KCLT), USA
Flug nach:Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport, MS (GPT/KGPT), USA
PSA Airlines flight 5320, a Bombardier CRJ-701ER, N709PS, struck a deer during takeoff from runway 36C at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), North Carolina, USA. The airplane sustained substantial damage. There were no injuries to the 48 passengers and crew onboard.
The airplane struck a deer with its right wing during the takeoff roll. The crew continued the takeoff and declared an emergency. Before returning to land, the flight crew conducted a low pass down runway 36R, for the airport rescue and firefighting (ARFF) to inspect the damage. ARFF observed damage to the right wing and reported vapor coming from it. After landing on runway 36R, the flight crew elected to stop on the taxiway due to the fuel leak, where passengers were evacuated and bused them to the terminal. Post flight examination of the wing found damage substantial damage to the leading edge slats, slat tracks, flaps, and front spar of the right wing.

Probable Cause:

Probable Cause: collision with a deer during takeoff.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years and 5 months
Accident number: DCA17CA064
Download report: Summary report


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Distance from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, NC to Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport, MS as the crow flies is 922 km (576 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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