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User currently offlineTangoecho From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 127 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 8520 times:

Has anyone ever encountered a bird strike while landing or taking off??

I witnessed one the other day at work, and there were bits of seagulls all over the runway threshold.
It was a BA a320 aircraft, and it landed safely although engineers had to do a thorough check of the aircraft before it headed back to LHR.


Contact Aberdeen tower on 118.10 G'day.
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User currently offlineAirTran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3708 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 8438 times:
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I remember a Jetstrem 41 that landed in GRR one day from STL that hit a bird. It was the middle of the summer and we hand to literally scrape the bird off of the window witha putty knife, man that thing stunk! It literally baked onto the window of the aircraft.


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User currently offlineTangoecho From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 127 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks ago) and read 8306 times:

Mmmm. Nice with fries though, airTran737 Big grin


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User currently offlineBucky707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1028 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 8158 times:

Bird strikes happen more than you would think. I've had a bird strike probably 15-20 times in my career, and thats just the ones I knew about. Worst one smashed the nose cone of the #3 engine, but we never even knew about it til after we landed, and maintenance found it on thier post flight walk around.

User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2469 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 8032 times:

I have had a bird strike with a heron on a C-172. Luckily he hit the strut up near the wing. It was my second solo flight, climbing out at 70 kts about 200 ft over the runway.
Last month Cessna had a goose hit the nose cone of the Citation Sovereign. Part of the bird went into the engine, the other part hit the wing leading edge. We had to replace engine blades.
I remember reading about a 737 having a salmon fish strike. In Alaska, a large bird carrying a fish was startled by the plane, dropped the fish. The fish came thru the radome and ended up by the co-pilots feet. I remember seeing photos of the damage. It happended about 20 years ago.

[Edited 2004-05-19 16:47:18]


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User currently offlineMD80Nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 979 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 8024 times:

When I was in the US Air Force in the mid-late 70s, we lost an A-7D fighter bomber due to birds shortly after take off. As it was climbing out the pilot reported flying through a sudden flock of birds and apparently some were ingested by the engine causing it to quit. The plane was high enough that the pilot was able to eject safely. The plane crashed on a farm, fortunately no one was hurt on the ground.

Birds can be airplane killers!

cheers, Ralph



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User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4491 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 8002 times:

I've hit several. It's a sickening feeling, and in a small plane often times it's akin to running over a rabbit with your car.


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User currently offlineGreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3087 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 7971 times:

I have been in two of them. Both times in a 737. Both times resulted in catastrophic engine damage. Both were on t/o out of YEG and one time the fog closed in behind us and we had to divert to YYC. Upon landing one engine was scrap (the shut down one) and the other engine had also swallowed a bird with no damage. (found feathers and bird goo on the CSD oil cooler).

GS
p.s both times I was riding in the jump seat and knew what was going on.




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User currently offlineB757capt From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1421 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 7909 times:

Watched one hit a CJ1 about 2 months ago. Did a lot of damage. It was a mess.


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User currently offlineNORTHSEATIGER From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 432 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 7833 times:

Christmas eve 2002 at ABZ a Small aircraft hit a flock of birds on takeoff and crashed and hit a car on the road below, Ive personally picked the remains of birds out of Super Puma engine intake baskets, all that was left was the skin, beak and feet all the "meat" had been sucked out and it stank !!, and on a test flight whilst taking off we heard a big thump and had to make an emergency landing, turned out we had hit a bird there was a big streak of excrment leading up to the head, luckily the aircraft was'nt damaged and we set off again.


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User currently offlineAeroyu From Hong Kong, joined Oct 2000, 178 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 7747 times:

While travelling in CX A340-300 from HKG to AB) (CEB / RPVM), Philippines">CEB, bird strike happened in nose radome and engine cowlings. Aircraft return back to HKG even we have travelled 50% of our trip.


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User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24964 posts, RR: 56
Reply 11, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 7709 times:

A Ryanair 737 once hit Santa  Laugh out loud  Big thumbs up


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User currently offlineIairAllie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 7537 times:

Had one hit a CRJ I was supposed to take out. All that was left was a huge red splat and a wing speared on the pitot tube. Pretty icky.

User currently offlineSuspen From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 156 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 7445 times:

I hit an eagle during a flying lesson. He bounced off the wing and just kept on flying. Lucky eagle...


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User currently offlineMakeMinesLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 566 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 7392 times:

In a sort of "man bites dog" twist...

The slope where I fly my RC glider is often frequented by red-tail hawks. They're quite protective of their airspace, and on numerous occasions have dive-bombed interloping aircraft. I usually give them a wide berth, but one day a hawk refused to leave my plane alone. I had some altitude to burn, so I nosed over into a dive and the darn bird followed. Once I had sufficient speed, I pulled back on the stick and looped around behind it. The bird appeared to have a brief "what the..." moment, then flew off!


User currently offlineAs739x From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6200 posts, RR: 24
Reply 15, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 7374 times:

On a side note:As far as I know. Alaska Airlines is the only airline to hit a fish! One of our planes on approach to a SE Alaska city scared a eagle that was carrying a samon. The bird dropped the fish and it hit our plane. This was the original plane that got the nickname "Samon thirty Samon". Later this name was used as a possible new logo jet. Personally I'm glad that never happened!

ASSFO



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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 16, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7263 times:

I remember reading about a 737 having a salmon fish strike. In Alaska, a large bird carrying a fish was startled by the plane, dropped the fish. The fish came thru the radome and ended up by the co-pilots feet. I remember seeing photos of the damage. It happended about 20 years ago.

Alaska Airlines is the only airline to hit a fish! One of our planes on approach to a AS Air Limited (Kenya)">SE Alaska city scared a eagle that was carrying a samon. The bird dropped the fish and it hit our plane. This was the original plane that got the nickname "Samon thirty Samon".

This is TOTALLY True...I got the shirt to prove it! From what Ive heard, this happened on a 737-200C going into KTN, I think.

On a side note....Most of AS aircraft is extempt from the required certification from the FAA called Bird Strike Volitcity (spelling..) Extemption. I dont know what this means but my guess is that AS was not required to have some sort of extra protection to the airframe to prevent damange. This extemption can be found on the type certificate above the L1 door on on a bunch of AS's aircraft...mostly their 734s

Also, Ive seen endless videos on bird strikes in my A&P classes...gotta tell ya...they are pretty ummm graphic.....Ughh!!



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User currently offlineCanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2843 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 7184 times:

I had a chance to sit thru a seminar given by one of the FAA's Wildlife experts in charge of collecting data on bird strikes and wildlife encroachment on airports. It was one of the most interesting lectures I've sat thru. He mentioned the FAA website, with pictures, here it is:

http://wildlife.pr.erau.edu/Pictures.htm

One of the best stories he told was a NW Airlink flight, where a bird hit the left windshield wiper, the wiper hit the left prop, then flew into the cabin, impaling in the left leg of the passenger seated in the exit row. I think they have the picture in the link.



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User currently offlineSupraZachAir From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Feb 2004, 634 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7139 times:

Canoecarrier,

Those are some tasty pics... lol... oh boy! Nasty!


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29840 posts, RR: 58
Reply 19, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7067 times:

Personally no, but I have seen the effects of one.

Pretty impressive what a goose can do.



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User currently offlineIslipWN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 6986 times:

is it just me, or do bird strikes seem to happen alot on 737's?

User currently offlineWrenchBender From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1779 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6921 times:

This one must have been a really nasty clean-up.....
http://www.aviationpics.de/military/nose/nose.html
On Helo's you usually just have to wipe down the leading edges of the rotor blades.... It Dices, It Slices it's the K-tel mix master.


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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17186 posts, RR: 66
Reply 22, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6888 times:

Saw a docu of strike training in Canada. An F-4 (German I think) took a bird through the canopy. Embedded itself in the back of the cockit. Grazed the pilot's helmet. Blood and feathers EVERYWHERE! The guy was lucky to be alive. If the hole had been 10 cm further to the right, he would have taken it right in the face. They didn't interview the pilot but the mechanic said he was a bit razzled.


I have heard of rabbit strikes. Jumpseating on a SAS MD-8x landing on ARN 26, the plane before said "Beware of rabbits on the runway" on the radio. The pilots said it happens. SPLAT!



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User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2469 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 6816 times:

There are a lot of bird strikes on 737s because
1. There are a lot of 737s
2. They do short flights with a lot of takeoff and landings, where bird strikes are most likely to happen.



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User currently offlineAirtractor From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 6776 times:

Last summer I discovered what king a damage a Canada Goose does.

As a Ag-pilot we do most of our flying early dawn and then again towards dusk. This is the same time of day migratory birds fly aswell. Anyways I was just finishing a spray run and pulling up over the powerlines when I heard this VERY load "thump" followed by an extreme yaw to the left. Substantial rudder was needed to keep the ball centered and I had no idea what had happened.

It wasn't until I landed shortly after that I noticed the vertical fin was missing about the top 4" and the rudder's top hinge was torn right from the stab. I didn't see anything that would have caused this, but my ground spotter told me just as I crossed the fence that outlined the field a Canadian Goose took flight from the ditch.

You guys know the rest !



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25 N685FE : I have seen my share of damage due to bird strikes. The total number of hits compared to the ones that due damage is about 8 x the number that have da
26 Post contains images FredT : Nasty business. Sitting in my truck by the runway I got a view of a bizjet hitting two large birds that was a lot better than I needed. Nice red strip
27 Staffan : Never encountered one myself, but I've had to clean a/c after they happened. Staffan
28 QantasA332 : In case anyone is interested, some bird strike 'fun-facts'... · Over 180 people have been killed world-wide as a result of bird strikes since 1995.
29 Post contains images Tangoecho : Thanx for that, QuantasA332. Some really interesting facts. Cheers Stuart
30 FBU 4EVER! : I've had quite a few strikes during my 30 years-plus carreer,but they have at the most only created a smear or minor dents and need for inspections. B
31 Post contains images Je89_w : Interesting facts there! Seems pretty nasty to clean up the mess! Never experienced any bird strikes, and hope not to! Wow, a fish strike! Probably th
32 L-188 : AirframeAS, As739X The aircraft was a 737-200QC coming out of the Juneau Alaska Airport...I want to say 1986-88 ish. There are two runways at Juneau,
33 A3204eva : I was told about one happening at BLK when it was really hetic (I would of seen it, but I was in the office at the time) - we had the STN flight delay
34 AAR90 : Hit one last month on short final at IAD. Just moved my head slightly left to see out the part of the windscreen that wasn't "messy." OTOH, hit a few
35 FBU 4EVER! : Just remembered reading years ago about an Air India 707 encountering a flock of geese at 28,000 feet along the southern slopes of the Himalayas.Can't
36 Post contains images JAL777 : I ran over a dead seagull on the taxiway.
37 Post contains images FredT : Found myself flying in formation with a crow the other day in a glider, overtaking slightly. It was a hilarious sight as the crow looked over its shou
38 AFHokie : One of the more unusual crashes caused by a bird strike The Air Force lost an F-16 in 1999 in Florida from a bird strike on the canopy. The bird didn'
39 Post contains links RG828 : I witnessed a birdstrike last year and almost, ALMOST caught the collision itself on camera. http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.cgi?118927 http://ww
40 Boeing nut : During migration, different types of waterfowl have been observed flying at extremely high altitudes. (for birds anyway) Some have been observed flyin
41 AFHokie : Some other interesting bird strike facts: Whenever the air force has a bird strike, they send some of the feathers for identification of the species t
42 Post contains images 7574EVER : During my CPL training in a 182RG I hit a bird on short final. It went through the prop and a good portion of the bird got shoved inside the nose gear
43 SlamClick : Three of them. Hawk on center windshield at about 80 knots on takeoff roll. Rejected the takeoff and waited until airport ops found the bird. Very sho
44 Bezoar : Re: the fish story Sounds like the eagle might have been on a bombing run.
45 SlamClick : Re: the fish story A bird of prey will drop its catch to a larger bird. The Boeing was bigger than the eagle. A lot bigger.
46 Msllsmith : Several years ago I had the thankless job of writing accident and incident reports for a regional airline which no longer exists (and to protect the i
47 SlamClick : I'll try your recipe. But isn't the meat called "bambage?" The reverse of this theme is critters falling out of airplanes. A well-known defunct nonske
48 MD11Engineer : What about a drunk strike? A story told to me by me ex-brother-in-law in Iloilo City in the Philippines: ILO is a provincial airport with connection t
49 Post contains images FBU 4EVER! : During my Commercial training at Vero Beach I had the misfortune to land on a turtle on the runway.Cracked the shell and dragged it along for some 12-
50 Ba299 : It's important that you don't use the wiper unless you want spread all that stuff on all the windshield
51 Post contains links Aloges : Who said that rabbits kind of explode when hit? Quite true, and a bit graphic, isn't it? (http://www.uselessjunk.741.com/bunny[1].mpeg, just open the
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