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Plane Collides With Pelican At Airshow + Pics  
User currently offlineBuyantUkhaa From Mongolia, joined May 2004, 2915 posts, RR: 3
Posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 12746 times:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worl...ncounter-plane-led-sticky-end.html

With rather graphic picture.

Poor pelican! As the pilot said "I was off line after that. The bird strike nearly tore off my horizontal stabiliser. It was bad luck but good luck that I was able to fly to the finish line."


I scratch my head, therefore I am.
34 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineN14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2840 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 12677 times:

Thanks for showing me this picture shortly before my lunch break  ill 
As you said, poor pelican.


User currently offlineBuyantUkhaa From Mongolia, joined May 2004, 2915 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 12664 times:



Quoting N14AZ (Reply 1):
Thanks for showing me this picture shortly before my lunch break

That's why I told you it was graphic! Anyway, have a nice lunch  Wink



I scratch my head, therefore I am.
User currently offlineMainMAN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 2115 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 12652 times:

It wouldn't have felt a thing.....would have found itself sitting at the Pelican pearly gates wondering what just happened. What a way to go!

User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12599 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 12064 times:

Probably not any consolation to the poor (ex-) pelican*, but wouldn't it have been ironic if it struck an AF cargo aircraft!

(*It has ceased to be; it has joined the choir invisible ...)


User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 12047 times:



Quoting Kaitak (Reply 4):
(*It has ceased to be; it has joined the choir invisible ...)

 rotfl  It has expired and gone to meet its maker!



Doors open, right hand side, next stop is Springfield.
User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4903 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 11980 times:

Hope our pilot doesn't end up like the Ancient Mariner...  ghost 

User currently offlineTroutPilot From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 11949 times:

It might take a while to get that fowl smell off the plane!


troutpilot
User currently offlineDLPMMM From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 3602 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 11932 times:



Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 5):
It has expired and gone to meet its maker!

Naw,...It's just pining!


User currently offlineFlybaurLAX From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 638 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 11766 times:

I was there on Sunday and saw it happen about 500 feet in front of me. It was just shocking, I couldn't believe I saw that in front of me. As it is graphic, there was a bloody splash into the water. I was surprised the pilot continued on with the course.


Boilerup! Go Purdue!
User currently offlineJoeCanuck From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 5478 posts, RR: 31
Reply 10, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 11615 times:

Pelicans don't have TCAS...?


What the...?
User currently offlineULMFlyer From Brazil, joined Sep 2006, 475 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 11425 times:



Quoting FlybaurLAX (Reply 9):
I was surprised the pilot continued on with the course.

How much more did he have to fly to the finish line?

I also find it surprising that after "The bird strike nearly tore off my horizontal stabiliser," he would choose to continue to stress the airframe with pylon turns just to complete a race. Either it didn't feel that bad and he's only saying that after seeing the pics, or his decision making was....peculiar.



Let's go Pens!
User currently offlineManfredj From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 11258 times:

So the consensus is the Pelican is dead?


757: The last of the best
User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 11110 times:



Quoting DLPMMM (Reply 8):
Naw,...It's just pining!

He's not pining he's passed on!



Doors open, right hand side, next stop is Springfield.
User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4863 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 11065 times:
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I remember watching that pelican cruise by in front of us a few minutes before this happened. I did manage to get a shot of Arch's pass just a couple seconds after the strike. The damage is visible on the tail.

Big version: Width: 640 Height: 439 File size: 84kb


What sucks is the strike startled him bad enough that he didn't properly negotiate the next element and was given a 2 second penalty dropping him from 1st to 3rd. It was the final run of the day,



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User currently offlineKennyK From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 482 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 10982 times:

Seeing how the poor pelican 'exploded' I thought at first seeing the image that it had hit the prop, now that would have made even more mess, liquidized pelican anyone...

User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4863 posts, RR: 25
Reply 16, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 10906 times:
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Quoting BuyantUkhaa (Thread starter):
Poor pelican!

I recall thinking as he sailed by.."oh, how nice." Poor guy...lol



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User currently offlineLVHGEL From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2007, 216 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 10864 times:



Quoting Kaitak (Reply 4):



Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 5):



Quoting DLPMMM (Reply 8):

Classic  laughing   laughing   laughing 


User currently offlineFlybaurLAX From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 638 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 10840 times:



Quoting ULMFlyer (Reply 11):
How much more did he have to fly to the finish line?

He still had about half the lap left, including the circle he had to make through the quad pylons.

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 14):
I remember watching that pelican cruise by in front of us a few minutes before this happened.

From my perspective of where I was standing, I saw an object moving towards the gate, and I thought that there was a second plane in the back, then I realized that it was a bird flying right in front of the gate. The sound was pretty loud too when they hit.



Boilerup! Go Purdue!
User currently offlineULMFlyer From Brazil, joined Sep 2006, 475 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 10827 times:



Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 14):
I did manage to get a shot of Arch's pass just a couple seconds after the strike.

Great shot, SIlver1!

Makes me wonder even more about his decision to carry on. Maybe flying with 1/3 of the right h-stab would be a piece of cake for Mr. Arch  Smile



Let's go Pens!
User currently offlineAirCanadaA330 From Canada, joined Aug 2008, 294 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 10652 times:

I wonder if that bird saw that coming!! Either way....ouch...not the best way to go out!


Cheers;
User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2361 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 9300 times:

Those are some amazing photos that were caught of immediately before and after... Now I'm off to eat dinner...  Smile Yum...


"Drunk drivers run stop signs. Stoners wait for them to turn green."
User currently offlineJcf5002 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 289 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 9005 times:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRRkBNf8T9w

Here's a video to it. I too was there at the air race, but I didn't see the strike, nor realized it even happened until after the event. I'm surprised there wasn't more of it, to be honest, from the number of large birds (seagulls, pelicans, etc) that were in the area.

A very good display of airmanship, to be sure though!

-Jeff



Its always a sunny day above the clouds || CSEL, CMEL, CFI, CFII, MEI
User currently offlineRichbpor From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8953 times:

two words
Shredded Tweet.


User currently offline797 From Venezuela, joined Aug 2005, 1907 posts, RR: 27
Reply 24, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8902 times:

Who's down for some sushi?


Flying isn't dangerous. Crashing is what's dangerous!
25 JoeCanuck : It's probably lucky the bird hit the gear first...it probably pureed it a bit so the stab didn't take the full force. I once missed a little flock of
26 Yuxi : Poor bird...and my school's mascot is the pelican.
27 Idlewild : The poor pelican probably drank some Red Bull and thought he could keep up. "It Gives You Wings!"
28 FuturePilot16 : Whoever said they want to be re-incarnated as a bird has never heard of an a320 or a red bull air race!
29 Phoenix9 : In this case: It Clips Your Wings! I bet the last thing that went thru that bird's brain was: WTF just happend??
30 Silver1SWA : Horizontal stabiliser...
31 Decoder : Indeed it was. Very reckless and poor airmanship IMO. Once you lose the horizontal stabilizer you're a goner. This pilot will end up as a statistic s
32 BuyantUkhaa : definitely...
33 DocLightning : Pining for the fjORDS???
34 DocLightning : OK, guys. I'll go ahead and start this round: It seems as if his performance was really for the birds. What kind of bird-brain gets in the way of a ra
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