Incident at Saskatoon, SK


1999-09-21: ACA 108, an A319, was taking off on Runway 09 at Saskatoon and the crew reported that they had hit some seagulls during departure. The crew requested the runway be inspected for birds. Shortly after, the crew advised ATC of a vibration with the a/c and indicated they were returning. An inspection of the a/c revealed some damage. OPI - Aerodrome Safety UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that ERS was notified of a possible bird strike to ACA 108 at 1114 local time. ERS proceded to Runway 09 when bird strike was updated to an emergency as the pilot advised of possible engine damage. The aircraft landed on Runway 09 and shut down starboard engine. When advised that both engines had sustained damage he elected to taxi to the ramp on the port engine. Initial estimate of damage - approximately $550,000 to fins and cowling. UPDATE TSB reported that THE CREW OF AN AIR CANADA A319-114 WAS DEPARTING FROM RUNWAY 09 AT SASKATOON ON A SCHEDULED FLIGHT TO TORONTO. SHORTLY AFTER LIFT-OFF THE AIRCRAFT ENCOUNTERED A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS AND A TOTAL OF APPROXIMATELY 5 BIRDS WERE INGESTED INTO THE LEFT AND RIGHT ENGINES OF THE AIRCRAFT. THE CREW OBSERVED THAT ALTHOUGH ALL OTHER ENGINE PARAMETERS WERE NORMAL, THE LEFT ENGINE WAS PRODUCING AN ABNORMAL SOUND ALONG WITH AN ENGINE VIBRATION INDICATION. THE CREW ADVISED OF THEIR PROBLEM AND THAT THEY WOULD RETURN TO LAND AT SASKATOON. EMERGENCY VEHICLES WERE BROUGHT TO STAND-BY STATUS; THE CREW LANDED THE AIRCRAFT WITHOUT FURTHER DIFFICULTY. COMPANY MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL INSPECTED THE AIRCRAFT AND DETERMINED THAT THERE WAS A LARGE DENT IN THE LEFT ENGINE NOSE COWLING AND DAMAGED BLADES IN THE LEFT AND RIGHT ENGINES. COMPANY MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL REPLACED THE AFFECTED ENGINE BLADES AND THE AIRCRAFT WAS FERRIED TO WINNIPEG WHERE THE LEFT ENGINE COWLING WAS REPLACED. UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that an active bird control program was in effect at Saskatoon Airport due to a infestation of grasshoppers. Scare tactics and more extreme methods of control started several days before the aircract hit the gulls Sept 5,1999. Bird control continues at the airport and a specialist on wildlife control in Ottawa has been consulted.


CADORS Number 1999C0757
Occurrence Type Incident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 1999-09-05 - 17:09
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
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Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Saskatchewan, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Saskatoon, SK
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Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories Bird

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration FYNS | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Incident
Operator Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of AIRBUS
Model  Silhouette image of A319 114
A319 114
Year Built 1997
Engine Type Turbo fan
Engine Make CFM56-2 SERIES
Engine Model
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
Flight Number ACA 108
Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Takeoff
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Bird strike

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