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User currently offlineAirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 4 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3241 times:

Can a bird destroy a c172's engine if hit directly or can it stop it from spinning?

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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31875 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3154 times:

Dpends on the Type of Bird & the Location of Impact.


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User currently offlineAir2gxs From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 19 hours ago) and read 3023 times:

I took a bird strike through the prop on a 152 once. Guts from the hub to the tip (and all over the windshield). Engine didn't even hestitate.

User currently offlineBALandorLivery From UK - England, joined Jan 2005, 367 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 17 hours ago) and read 2999 times:

It depends on the size of the bird.

A little one (robin or sparrow) would just disintigrate (rather like in a food blender).

Larger ones such as a crow or blackbird could potetntially do damage.

They can certainly put a huge dent in the leading edge, i've the results of birdstrike on a few light a/c. Not pretty, and can be expensive to repair.

User currently offlineJeb94 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 663 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 17 hours ago) and read 3005 times:

It would be pretty hard for it to damage the engine with that big saw blade spinning out front. Maybe a direct hit from a larger, dense boned bird directly on the prop hub could stop the engine or seperate the prop but not likely. As for other catastrophic damage, that's definately possible.

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