Twotterwrench From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2523 times:
The windshields are designed and tested to withstand birdstrikes. Ocasionally, a direct strike will result in a shattering of the outer pane. However, the window is a sandwhich type construction and breakage of the inner pane is highly unusual. It could have had something to do with the angle at which the bird hit the aircraft... or maybe the bird was wearing heavy jewelry.
CX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6341 posts, RR: 56 Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2393 times:
Any airport that has a major birdstrike problem is worrying. Remember the USAF C135 that was lost after ingesting a number of swans? This AA, apparently had a bird go through the cockpit windows. This is very worrying. Maybe if you are not in the industry you don't really think about it, but I am also a pilot, just like these AA pilots. It could have been me yesterday. Don't tell me that's not worrying.
Big777jet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2355 times:
Yes, the windows are designed to hold shatter. My friend Delta pilot way back in 1970's. He told me about it. He was captain DC-9-30 flying from MEM to ATL due thunderstorm in MEM for one hour. The tower saw spotted clear thunderstorm path for take off ready. He just took off and climb to 2,000 ft all of suddenly the hail was hit on his front of his cockpit window shattered all white cracked! He couldn't see it. He checked his both engines were fine running. Big relief. Co-pilot took control to emergency landing return to MEM and landed safely. The passengers had to get another plane. Delta told him to fly ferry DC-9 back to ATL and they cannot fix there. FAA permitted to fly DC-9 with a CRACKED WINDOW! DC-9 flew with low speed and at least 10,000 ft all the way to ATL. It took 2 hours to fly. DC-9 landed fine at ATL. They repaired next day returned to service. What a great story!
Gearup From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 578 posts, RR: 1 Reply 16, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks ago) and read 2107 times:
I don't know if this is urban legend or what, but there is a story of a Boeing 727 from a major US carrier hitting a bald eagle at an unusually high altitude at over 250 knotts IAS. the bird penetrated the radome, the weather radar antenna, the forward pressure bulkhead, tore out one of the captains rudder pedels and severly injured one of his feet finally ending up embedded in a panel below the flight engineer's control station. The aircraft had to descend due to cabin decompression and the captain was incapacitated for the remainder of the flight. The airplane landed safely with no further injuries. It sounds incredible but it was supposed to have happened!!
AAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3410 posts, RR: 50 Reply 17, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks ago) and read 2094 times:
Birdstrikes occured at aprox. 12,000 feet during climbout phase. One bird that entered the radar area penetrated the pressure bulkhead in front of and below the cockpit instrument panels. There was no penetration of cockpit windows.
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Boeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 19, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2050 times:
Ever hear of the one when a Lear 24 hit a duck at 24,000 ft? It supposedly went through the pilots windshield, decapitating the pilot and severely injuring the copilot. The copilot landed the aircraft, but then passed out from lack of blood. I believe he survived. I have no facts to back it up, but I heard this one several years ago.
Gearup From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 578 posts, RR: 1 Reply 20, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2043 times:
There was a story going around in Aer Lingus back in the days when they did all their own heavy maintenance, of a aircraft mechanic who was exceptionally talented at his job but would not do the exams to get type approval on the 707. Management tried everything to get him to comply because they basically wanted to promote him to a maintenance supervisor. He agreed eventually but it was generally felt that he knew more about the 707 than the exam interviewer did. When he went into the interviewer in the Irish Department of transport, the first question he was asked went like this, ' Ok Joe, here's the scenerio - We are in a 707 at 35,000 ft. at mach .79. A seagull strikes the captain's windshield and penetrates the outer and middle layers. What's the correct emergency procedure?' Joe looked at the interviewer and said, "I don't know about the f***ing procedure, but it's a f***ing good seagull at 35,000 ft."
I guess the interviewer threw in the towel right there and then, he had heard enough, Joe got his type approval without a further question asked!
CX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6341 posts, RR: 56 Reply 22, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2008 times:
I was calling the poster of another reply ignorant, but it seems it has vanished making it appear as if I am insulting you! Believe me, I am not. Sorry for the misunderstanding, but someone originally posted "Who cares?" as the first reply, before yours. Sorry!!!
Aaer 777 From Ireland, joined Aug 2000, 199 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1999 times:
I'd love to see the photographs of AA63.
I've been on it quite a few times... The only birds I ever saw were the chickens on the plates, thank god...
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks a mil!
Shankly From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 1472 posts, RR: 1 Reply 24, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1995 times:
Interesting article on the UK CAA AAIB Bulletin board this month about a United 767 which stuck a number of geese in the flare landing @ LHR.
Save for the normal damage, the most interesting (read worrying) thought, is this happening to a large twin on rotation or just after, especially a/c of the 777/A330 type which of course have larger fans and could potentially digest more than one bird.