NTSB Identification: CEN11LA072
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 121: Air Carrier operation of Compass Airlines, LLC (D.B.A. Delta Connectiton)
Accident occurred Monday, November 15, 2010 in Minneapolis, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/27/2011
Aircraft: EMBRAER ERJ 170-200 LR, registration: N604CZ
Injuries: 80 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The regional jet collided with a flock of large birds shortly after takeoff as it climbed through 5,000 feet mean sea level. The flight crew reported that, although there were no observed flight control or engine anomalies, they elected to return to the departure airport and the captain subsequently completed an uneventful visual approach and landing. A postaccident examination of the airframe revealed substantial damage to the radar dome and its underlying structural components. The forward pressure bulkhead web contained a dent and puncture. The left engine compressor section exhibited damage that was consistent with a bird strike.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The in-flight collision with a flock of birds during climb.

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