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Arctic Humboldt
Mar 28, 2003
Incident: Mesa Airlines CRJ2 at Santa Barbara on Aug 5th 2009, flock of birds

By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Aug 6th 2009 13:31Z, last updated Thursday, Aug 6th 2009 13:31Z
A Mesa Airlines Canadair CRJ-200 on behalf of US Airways, flight YV-2920/US-2920 from Santa Barbara,CA to Phoenix,AZ (USA) with 49 passengers and 4 crew, struck a flock of geese while taking off from Santa Barbara, one goose hitting a wing and another one hitting the nose gear. The crew levelled off at 3000 feet, went into a holding for about 20 minutes and returned to Santa Barbara for a safe landing.

The flight was cancelled, the passengers rebooked onto other flights.

The airline reported, that the airplane received minor damage, but was ferried out of Santa Barbara for repairs.


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