Sunday, June 19, 2022

Learjet 60, N496WH: Incident occurred June 10, 2022 at St. Cloud Regional Airport (KSTC), Sherburne County, Minnesota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Aircraft struck a wild turkey damaging the flaps. 

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Date: 10-JUN-22
Time: 23:35:00Z
Regis#: N496WH
Aircraft Make: LEARJET
Aircraft Model: 60
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: OTHER
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91


  1. What? A wild turkey? They generally do not fly except low to the ground (and very briefly) only in a last effort to escape from a predator. They have the capability to get above tree level for distance flying, but that is extremely uncommon. This is a rare event if indeed it was a wild turkey.

  2. I almost hit a wild turkey with my car. It was even lower to the ground than a deer. I suppose many different animals could be hit during the landing phase.

  3. Too much Wild Turkey while landing is never good.


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