Piedmont DH8A at Philadelphia on Nov 24th 2013, bird strike

Last Update: August 31, 2019 / 16:18:10 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Nov 24, 2013

Classification
Report

Flight number
PDT-4314

Aircraft Registration
N808EX

ICAO Type Designator
DH8A

A Piedmont Airlines de Havilland Dash 8-100 on behalf of US Airways, registration N808EX performing flight PDT-4314/US-4314 from Binghamton,NY to Philadelphia,PA (USA) with 40 people on board, was being vectored for the approach to Philadelphia's runway 26 when about 16nm north of the airport and at about 4000 feet the aircraft flew through a flock of birds and received multiple impacts. The aircraft continued for a safe landing.

On Aug 31st 2019 the NTSB released their final report concluding the probable cause of the accident was:

an inadvertent encounter with several birds during approach that resulted in substantial damage to the airplane.

The NTSB reported:

The captain was the pilot flying, and stated that flight conditions were night VMC with no moon. The flight crew stated they were at 4,000 feet msl, at about 190 knots airspeed, and on the downwind leg for runway 26 when the bird strike occurred. The flight crew heard multiple thuds and saw some of the birds through the windshield. After the impacts, the flight crew checked instruments, disconnected autopilot, checked for changes in flight characteristics and did not note any changes. The first officer notified ATC of the bird strike and did not declare an emergency. The flight landed uneventfully at KPHL. Post flight maintenance inspection revealed substantial damage to the left front wing spar, left wing skin, and vertical stabilizer deice boot.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Nov 24, 2013

Classification
Report

Flight number
PDT-4314

Aircraft Registration
N808EX

ICAO Type Designator
DH8A

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