2017-02-15 PSA Airlines CRJ-700 deer collision at Charlotte
The aircraft was involved in a ground collision with a deer. The aircraft landed safely but sustained substantial wing damage.
PSA Airlines flight AA 5320 (on behalf of AA Eagle/Envoy Air) was in the final moments of its take-off run on runway 36C (Center) in daylight and good visibility, and when a loud bang was heard. The take-off was continued and after transitioned into a stable climb, the pilots reported about it to air traffic control.
The pilots elected to discontinue further climb and levelled off at 4,000 feet altitude.
Meanwhile runway 36 was closed for runway inspection which found a body of a deer. Flight 5320 then performed a low approach to runway 36R to allow a visual inspection of possible damage to the undercarriage from the tower.
All three landing gears appeared in the correct position for landing but the right wing was trailing a cloud of vaporized fuel.
About 10 minutes later the pilots performed an emergency landing on runway 36R with emergency vehicles on stand-by. The landing run was safe despite the right wings still was leaking amounts of jet fuel. The Canadair CRJ-700 turned into highspeed taxiway „Romeo“ and stopped there.
The aircraft was evacuated via the normal passenger door. There were no injuries. There was no fire.
Post landing inspection found substantial damage to the right hand wing leading edge and adjacent parts.
ATC Radio of flight AA / JIA 5320:
(Note: this recording is inofficial and can contain inadequate data)
METAR: Charlotte Douglas Intl Airport (KCLT):
KCLT 151647Z 35004KT 10SM BKN012 BKN018 10/07 A2958 RMK AO2
KCLT 151652Z 33004KT 10SM BKN015 BKN021 11/07 A2957 RMK AO2 SLP012 T01060067
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Type: Canadair CRJ-700
Age a/c: 12.3 years
Constr. No.: 10165
Occupants & Casualties
Date: 2017-02-15 Time: 11:42
Location: KCLT CLT Charlotte Douglas Intl
Country: United States of America
Flight phase: TOF – Take-off, Rejected Take-off
Damage to a/c: substantial
Flight no.: AA 5320
From: KCLT/CLT: Charlotte Douglas Intl To: KGPT/GPT: Gulfport
Operator: PSA Airlines
On behalf of: Envoy Air (AA Eagle)
JACDEC 25-year Statistics :
- 6th safety occurence for the operator
- 28th safety occurence of type (CRJ7)
- 22nd safety occurence at Charlotte Intl Airport
- 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question
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