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N640BA accident description

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Crash location 42.096389°N, 83.160000°W
Nearest city Grosse Ile, MI
42.128375°N, 83.149369°W
2.3 miles away
Tail number N640BA
Accident date 22 Jun 2015
Aircraft type Gates Learjet CORP. 35A
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot reported that during the takeoff roll, while accelerating through 130 knots, a "faint bump" was felt. The flight crew continued the takeoff and experienced difficulty controlling the airplane, but were able to stabilize the airplane in flight. The flight crew reported that there were no annunciations or warnings on the flight deck, but they were able to identify damage to the leading edge of the right wing.

The flight crew diverted to an alternate airport and landed without incident. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

Following the accident, a deer was found on the runway at the departure airport. The departure airport perimeter is partially fenced and co-exists on an island with a nature conservancy.

The pilot reported no mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation prior to hitting the deer.

NTSB Probable Cause

The airplane's collision with a deer on the unfenced runway during the takeoff roll. Contributing to the accident is the airport's failure to establish a continuous fence between the runway and the nature conservancy.

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