NTSB Identification: DCA13CA066
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 121: Air Carrier operation of Air Wisconsin (D.B.A. US Airways Express)
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 05, 2012 in New York, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/26/2014
Aircraft: BOMBARDIER INC CL-600-2B19, registration: N411ZW
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On December 5, 2012, at approximately 1800 eastern standard time, a Bombardier CRJ200 operated by Air Wisconsin as USAirways Express flight 3852, experienced a bird strike while descending through 7,000 feet on approach to the New York LaGuardia Airport, New York. The bird strike occured about 30 miles southwest of the airport, at an airspeed of 200 knots. The crew continued the approach and made a normal landing. Weather at the time of the event was night visual conditions. There were no injuries to the 3 crewmembers or 50 passengers.

Structural damage was found on skin panels, bulkheads, stringers, frames, nose landing gear support structure, ADG enclosure, leading edges, and piccolo ducts. The forward pressure bulkhead was dented, deformed, and punctured in several areas, affecting the structural strength of the bulkhead and require major repair or replacement, thereby qualifying as substantial damage.

The species of bird was identified as Snow Goose by the Smithsonian Institution bird hazard laboratory.

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

an inadvertant birdstrike on approach.

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