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Bad Bird Strike On A US 734 Today  
User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6552 posts, RR: 51
Posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 17945 times:

A US 734, operating a flight from MSY to PHL, was involved in a pretty bad birdstrike on its takeoff roll. I witnessed the attempted takeoff...it was probably doing a good 80 knots at least when it suddenly stopped and turned off the runway. Only after it got back to the gate could I see the cause.

The birds left a huge dent in the nose cone....maybe two feet wide and a foot deep...also there was some engine damage, along with tons of feathers and blood. It was one of the worst bird strikes that I've seen.

Kudos to the flight crew for getting that airplane stopped safely. That airplane will be out of service until they can replace the cone.

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User currently offlineVC10DC10 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1036 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 17933 times:

Ouch. That's bad. I'm glad the engine damage didn't result in further trouble -- there can be no end of problems when an engine is busted. And bravo to a typically excellent flight crew for safely handling the problem.

User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 17904 times:

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):

Dang... What flight was that? I was on 1824 yesterday...



Doors open, right hand side, next stop is Springfield.
User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6552 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 17860 times:

She was operating the 2:45pm flight....so that'd be US1676 I believe.

User currently offlineAvsfan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 250 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 17867 times:

Dont have the chicken nuggets at the airport later this week.


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User currently offlineSonOfACaptain From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1747 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 17662 times:

Quoting Avsfan (Reply 4):
Dont have the chicken nuggets at the airport later this week.

Why? At least we know it will be fresh.  Smile

-SOAC



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User currently offlineZvocio79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 17629 times:

once we had a bird strike we had toreplace the entire Horizontal stab and elevators on a Dash-8 (T-Tail)......17hrs of work with evaluation flight included.

User currently offlineCactus739 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2444 posts, RR: 31
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 17546 times:

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 3):
She was operating the 2:45pm flight....so that'd be US1676 I believe

Was this Sunday?

US Airways website shows Sundays flight 1676 arrived in PHL 15 minutes early.... Flghtaware also lists it as an A319..



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User currently offlineASEFlyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 17508 times:

Bird strikes happen ALL the time at MSY, I was on an inbound UA flight a few months ago from DEN and we had a pretty bad one. Anywhere to get statistics on this sort of thing?

User currently onlineHPRamper From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4056 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 17413 times:

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
Kudos to the flight crew for getting that airplane stopped safely. That airplane will be out of service until they can replace the cone.

Wonder if they will, considering the 734s are going to be phased out before too long...


User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6552 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 17220 times:

Cactus739, perhaps it was the CLT departure with an a/c swap then....yes it was Sunday...perhaps I lost track of time, which tends to happen when you work at an airport.

User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9191 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 17029 times:

Quoting SonOfACaptain (Reply 5):
Quoting Avsfan (Reply 4):
Dont have the chicken nuggets at the airport later this week.

Why? At least we know it will be fresh.

DO Wendy's chicken nuggets with a hint of Boeing 737, and DO what tastes right  Smile

Nah, but seriously, what kinds of birds did they strike? They had to have been huge to cause that kind of damage...

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
The birds left a huge dent in the nose cone....maybe two feet wide and a foot deep...

That is a huge dent in the nose cone. What were they, flying cows???



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User currently offlineWhappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 16958 times:

Anyone happen to catch any photos?


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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 16894 times:

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 9):
considering the 734s are going to be phased out before too long...

Which is why they are getting repainted, right?



Doors open, right hand side, next stop is Springfield.
User currently offlineUAL Bagsmasher From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2146 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 16265 times:

We had a goose strike in PHL last week on one of our aircraft. It took out the radome, WX radar antenna, and did some structural damage to the bulkhead behind the radar antenna. It was a messy sight to say the least.

User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
Reply 15, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 15728 times:

Quoting Whappeh (Reply 12):
Anyone happen to catch any photos?

I would assume it's still here this morning.....I'll go shoot a couple pics with the digital in a few minutes.

Quoting ASEFlyer (Reply 8):
Bird strikes happen ALL the time at MSY, I was on an inbound UA flight a few months ago from DEN and we had a pretty bad one. Anywhere to get statistics on this sort of thing?

We get them quite a bit.....we're located under a bird flyway area, and there's also a landfill a ways dwon the road. Plus we've got the Mississippi River 1/2 mile south, and Lake Pontchartrain to the north.

Our airport operations department has an employee whose full-time duty is wildlife control.

Tom at MSY



"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12134 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 15629 times:

You would be surprized at the number of bird strikes, just in the US alone. The big problem in the US is, not all strikes actually get reported, even if the strike causes aircraft damage.

Here at DFW, we average about 25 bird strikes per month in the winter, and 50 in the summer. We report every wildlife strike (birds are not the only problem, we also average 4 coyote strikes per year). The FAA has an on line reporting form at:
http://wildlife.pr.erau.edu/strikeform/birdstrikeform.html

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
The birds left a huge dent in the nose cone....maybe two feet wide and a foot deep...also there was some engine damage, along with tons of feathers and blood. It was one of the worst bird strikes that I've seen.

Kudos to the flight crew for getting that airplane stopped safely. That airplane will be out of service until they can replace the cone.

Replacing the radome doesn't take very long, but the engines will have to be bore-scoped, at a minimum. Any strikes along the wing, will need to be inspected, too. Leading edge flaps/slats may have to be replaced.


User currently offlineFlyLKU From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 804 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 14725 times:

A friend of mine was Flight Engineer in the late 80's early 90's on Air Force One. He said they were climbing out of ADW without the the President on board when they hit a flock of small birds. He said that you know you've had a strike(s) - besides indications on the engines' vibration monitors - because the smell in the cabin is horrific. I think it comes through the bleed air ducts? He said it took them several days to get the stink out of the plane and the fuselage cleaned up.

Can any of you relate with personal experiences?



...are we there yet?
User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 14642 times:

Our only E-3 loss was Yukla 27 September 22, 1995 at Elmendorf. Canadian geese took at #1 and 2 engines. Plane crashed and was fatal to all 24 US and Canadian AF members on board. We have several memorials to it.

One of the worst bird strikes every in USAF history. The new BASH program was implemented afterword.

I've been on several E-3s and C-130s that have hit little birds but never the big geese thankfully.

http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19950922-0&lang=en
with transcript

Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns,
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User currently offlineSkoker From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 439 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 14348 times:

Quoting FlyLKU (Reply 17):
Can any of you relate with personal experiences?

I can, was out spotting near DCA a few years back when a 733 sucked a bird into the engine. It shot out shredded bird probably 100 yards into/over the Potomac and then landed safely. It was a few years post-9/11, and a few tourists near us were visibally worried that the aircraft just had a bomb go off inside it.


User currently offlineAirTran717 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 746 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 14198 times:

We were in TPA several years back... we had a bird strike on takeoff. No damage to the aircraft tho. We kept on to our destination. The capt called the tower to ask what kind of bird it was... some kind of rare and endangered hawk. LOL I told him I was gonna call the Tree Huggers! Seriously, it was unfortunate for the bird, but funny to see the capt's look on his face as they told him he'd killed a rare bird. Priceless. We joked about that for years after when we'd see each other.

717


User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
Reply 21, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 13989 times:

Nose cone's been replaced as of this morning.....sorry, no pics.

I worked a DL 757 bird strike here one foggy morning about 15 years ago. He was departing runway 01, rotated, and ran through a flock of 100-odd seagulls that was passing through. The #1 engine flamed out, the #2 was hiccupping as he took off. Pilot later said he almost ditched into Lake Pontchartrain.

I saw the 757 after he landed back here and taxiied in: 3 foot dent in the nose cone, numerous carcasses in the leading edge flaps and landing gear.

Tom at MSY



"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 13805 times:

First the mechanics, then the flight attendants, now the birds are on strike! Something needs to be done about this outrage! The birds need to get a better union seeing as how they made out in past bird strikes


Some past bird strikes



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User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9191 posts, RR: 18
Reply 23, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 13352 times:

Perhaps they should equip the planes with lazers or mounted machine guns... Then again, that could be hazardous to other aircraft...  banghead 


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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 24, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 13151 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 16):
4 coyote strikes per year

Any Moose strikes??  rotfl 



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25 Post contains images Airfoilsguy : Its a joke
26 KC135TopBoom : Not yet. We don't have many Moose in the DFW area, perhaps ANC?
27 Bwohlgemuth : A moose bit my sister once....
28 Post contains images Airfoilsguy : My bird bit me the other day. He wasn't on strike though
29 HPRamper : Never heard of a moose strike...but there's always the salmon strike!
30 Post contains images BuyantUkhaa : Bleed ducts? Bad joke sorry... But a cause for bleedless engines for sure. I remember the KL flight that hit a bird at TO in AMS a few years ago, did
31 B707Stu : This is a duplicate post. I started one yesterday when a good friend called who was aboard. He said it was a wild ride/stop and that the blood was inc
32 Lostturttle : Here in Bermuda bird strikes are few and far between, though we do have a lot of birds here the local ones seem to know to stay away from "12 and 30"
33 Airfoilsguy : That is the funniest thing I have seen in years.
34 JoeCattoli : I agree man i agree... LoL How much have they been stoned for that!?!? Ciao Joe
35 Post contains images ANCFlyer : Yes, in fact there HAS been a Moose Strike. IIRC AS 727 and a Moose at the Mudhole Smith Airport in Cordova, AK (CDV). Might have been a 737. Also be
36 DTWAGENT : In all my years of flying, I have never had a bird strike on my flights. I guess I'm lucky. And I have been flying since 1968. Dang that is a long tim
37 BuyantUkhaa : I remember also reading about a cow strike in Lagos, and even a horse strike in Romania recently...
38 ASEFlyer : Here at ASE we have a double fence surrounding the field to keep out our local elk herd. Those things are big, would hate to see what they would do to
39 Lostturttle : What a name for an airline "Air Exotic", I can think of a few more names that would fit as well! Also related to this thread is a question, what airp
40 SEPilot : A friend of mine was taking off at night in his Cessna 210 this fall and encountered a deer just at rotation. He swerved left to try and avoid it, but
41 Scouseflyer : I can remeber as an RAF cadet working on a BAe Hawk that had been bird-struck there were a series of smaller holes in several of the bulkheads each wi
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