NTSB Identification: CHI00LA124.
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Scheduled 14 CFR operation of LAMBERT LEASING, INC. (D.B.A. NORTHWEST AIRLINK )
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 25, 2000 in HANCOCK, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/17/2001
Aircraft: Saab-Scania AB (Saab) SF-340B, registration: N404XJ
Injuries: 21 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators may have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
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 6,501 foot runway just prior to the airplane reaching V1.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the deer which ran onto the runway and were subsequently struck by the airplane. Full narrative available
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