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Last updated: 8 December 2021
Date:Tuesday 3 December 2002
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ36 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 36A
Operating for:Phoenix Air
Leased from:CFF Air
Registration: N546PA
MSN: 36-045
First flight: 1980
Total airframe hrs:12335
Engines: 2 Garrett TFE731-2-2B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Astoria Airport, OR (AST) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Astoria Airport, OR (AST/KAST), United States of America
Destination airport:Astoria Airport, OR (AST/KAST), United States of America
A Learjet 36 corporate jet (N546PA) struck an elk while accellerating through takeoff decision speed at Astoria Airport's runway 08. Takeoff was aborted but the aircraft overran the runway, coming to rest in a marshy patch, 180 feet beyond the departure threshold.. The Learjet was on a support mission for the Canadian Armed Forces.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Collision with an elk during the takeoff roll. Factors include dark night VFR conditions."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 161 days (5 months)
Accident number: SEA03LA010
Download report: Summary report

Rejected takeoff
Collision with person or animal on the ground
Runway excursion


Follow-up / safety actions
Currently, the Astoria airport's perimeter is bordered with animal control fence.


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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