NTSB Identification: DCA02MA026.
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Scheduled 14 CFR operation of ATLANTIC COAST AIRLINES
Accident occurred Saturday, March 09, 2002 in Dulles Airport, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/20/2005
Aircraft: Canadair CL-600-2B19, registration: N622BR
Injuries: 53 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators traveled in support of this investigation and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
During its takeoff roll from runway 30 at Washington Dulles International Airport, Atlantic Coast Airways flight 7682, a Bombardier CL-600-2B19, struck two wild turkeys. The captain aborted the takeoff at about 110 knots. None of the crewmembers or passengers was injured. The captain taxied the airplane back to the gate without further incident. A postflight inspection revealed that one turkey had struck the number-two engine intake and that the first officer's windshield had been cracked and the surrounding structure beneath it bent by another turkey. The second turkey penetrated the pressure bulkhead and entered the back of the instrument panel but did not penetrate either the windshield or its supporting structure. The area where the turkey penetrated the pressure bulkhead was not strengthened for bird impact, nor was it required to be. A comprehensive airport wildlife management system was in effect at the time of the accident.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the airplane's collision with two wild turkeys.
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