1999-09-29: CDR 1433, a Fokker F28 with 58 people on board, departed from Runway 27 at Saskatoon on a flight to Vancouver and the crew reported that they had hit some birds during departure. When the a/c reached 10,000 feet, they observed the left engine beginning to spool down and some vibration. The crew advised ATC that they had shut down the engine and they were returning. After orbiting the airport for 15 minutes to burn fuel, CFR was placed on standby and the flight landed safely at 1606Z. The a/c had 12,900 pounds of fuel on landing. Inspection of the runway revealed a dead meadowlark. TSB has been advised and more information may be available. At this time, it has not been confirmed that the engine problem is associated with the bird strike. OPI - Aerodrome Safety UPDATE TSB reported that maintenance found no bird remains in the engine. They did find a turbine blade missing in the engine's LP2
section. The engine will be sent to Rolls-Royce for teardown. There has been no determination yet whether the missing blade resulted from the birdstrike. UPDATE Aerodrome Safety reported that the F-28 bird strike at Saskatoon airport was in fact not a bird strike but engine problems with the aircraft. The operations manager at Saskatoon Airport said that he was taken on a inspection of the aircraft by maintenance personnel and there was no evidence of a bird strike. UPDATE Maintenance and manufacturing reported that on inspection there was no compressor damage, but 1 LP2
turbine blade was missing and associated damage to other blades. Engine contained damage as designed (no other damage). The engine has been sent to Rolls-Royce for teardown. An SDR will be filed when more information is obtained.