A 1975 Cessna Citation I (N113SH) that crashed Tuesday afternoon while taking off from Oklahoma City Wiley Post Airport is reported to have encountered a flock of birds before the accident. The three passengers and two pilots believed to be aboard died when the twinjet “crashed under unknown circumstances” four miles from the airport.
On May 8 a Beechjet 400 (N400GJ) operated by Georgia Jet was substantially damaged when it struck birds while departing from Runway 6L at Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport. The crew did not see any birds on or around the runway as the jet began its takeoff roll. When the aircraft reached V1, birds hit the airplane and the pilot aborted the takeoff, bringing the Beechjet to a stop about 100 ft before the end of the runway.
Bird residue was found in the left engine of the Sabreliner that crashed during an aborted takeoff May 9 from Brownwood Regional Airport, Texas, according to the NTSB’s recently released factual report. After the airplane reached V1 the crew and passengers heard a “loud bang” after which the airplane swerved to the left.
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