Saturday, September 22, 2012

Learjet 36A, C-FEMT: Accident occurred September 20, 2012 in New Haven, Connecticut

NTSB Identification: ERA12CA592 
 14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Thursday, September 20, 2012 in New Haven, CT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/10/2013
Aircraft: LEARJET 36A, registration: C-FEMT
Injuries: 5 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.

According to the pilot, during the takeoff roll, he noticed two deer on the right side of the runway that were moving into the path of the airplane. He aborted the takeoff and applied maximum braking, but the airplane subsequently struck a deer with the right wing, resulting in substantial damage to the spar. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. Airport personnel indicated that deer are not a known problem at the airport and that postaccident discussions between airport personnel and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are underway to install a full airport perimeter fence. In addition, the airport readjusted the agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture Wildlife Management Division in order to improve wildlife hazard mitigation strategies.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
An inadvertent collision with a deer during the takeoff roll.

  Regis#: CFEMT        Make/Model: LJ36      Description: LEARJET 36A
  Date: 09/20/2012     Time: 1814

  Event Type: Incident   Highest Injury: None     Mid Air: N    Missing: N
  Damage: Unknown

  City: NEW HAVEN   State: CT   Country: US


INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   0
                 # Crew:   1     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Pass:   1     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Grnd:         Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    

  Activity: Unknown      Phase: Take-off      Operation: OTHER

  FAA FSDO: WINDSOR LOCKS, CT  (EA63)             Entry date: 09/21/2012