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20 Years Ago: Plane Collides With Fish

Fri Mar 30, 2007 11:58 am

On March 30, 1987 an Alaska Airlines 737 taking off from JNU had a mid-air collision with a fish.

The plane fared much better than the fish, but did not escape a slight dent.

An eagle that was carrying the fish had dropped the fish on the plane. The eagle evidently lived to pass on genes to a descendant that would one day try to carry the head of a deer.

A nice retelling of the original story may be found here.
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RE: 20 Years Ago: Plane Collides With Fish

Fri Mar 30, 2007 12:02 pm

Damm has it been twenty years already?
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RE: 20 Years Ago: Plane Collides With Fish

Fri Mar 30, 2007 12:32 pm

Here's L-188's thread about the eagle's descendant:
http://airliners.net/discussions/non_aviation/read.main/1513707/
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RE: 20 Years Ago: Plane Collides With Fish

Fri Mar 30, 2007 12:37 pm

 rotfl 

I would like to have been a "fly on the wall" when the AS pilot reported to JNU that he'd his a fish on Climb-out.

I can hear it in the tower at JNU now . . .

"Say again AS61, you say you hit a FISH??"  faint 
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RE: 20 Years Ago: Plane Collides With Fish

Sat Mar 31, 2007 12:08 am

That sounds rather FISHY !!!  Smile
 
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RE: 20 Years Ago: Plane Collides With Fish

Sat Mar 31, 2007 7:08 am

Haha, I had never heard of this! Story was great, thanks for sharing  Smile
 
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RE: 20 Years Ago: Plane Collides With Fish

Sat Mar 31, 2007 8:20 am

I am really having a bad day, I love fish and my best friend is a deer's head.
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RE: 20 Years Ago: Plane Collides With Fish

Sat Mar 31, 2007 9:27 am

Hilarious story. I was already wondering what motivated them for this paintscheme:


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But that story explains...  rotfl 
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