Today I am home alone on my day off and after a 5 day long fliying day I am really tired to go out.I feel like staying in all day.So I thought best thing to do is share some flying related stories with friends and have some fun.
Here is one that comes into my mind.
One night we were approaching to the airport as number 3.Number 1 was a European airline and they reported that they are watching a traffic on TCAS on the localiser course where they are being vectored.ATC replied he is not seeing anything and he had no reported traffic on that sector.
The second airplane was one of Turkish charters.They also reported the same and explained what they see in Turkish language with more details.But the ATC still said he has no reported traffic on the sector.
And we were vectored to establish on the localiser we picked up the same target(shown yellow on TCAS screen) below us but directly on our route as we started our descent through the glide slope.
Until now I wasnt thinking that it would be serious but as we descend toward the target and things started looking serious.I tried to visually identify the other plane(or whatever it is) in the pitch black night while my captain start talking to ATC about what was on our route then....
BAAANG. I heard the loudest hitting sound.I mean I have been hit by birds many many times and this was louder then any of it.
For one second(which felt like a whole minute) I though that we collided with the thing on TCAS .After few seconds I realised that were are still flying I looked at the engine instruments.They seemed to work fine too. We completed our landing normally but I have to say I was scared.
After landing the technician come up to the cockpit and said "you have to see this." As we went down to the nose of the airplane I saw this incredible scene.A huge bird stroke directly to the center of the nose cone and penetrated in it.
The funny thing on this is what are the chances that you can encounter a TCAS equipped bird in the middle of the night
Later we found that it was a helicopter on a rooftop that we picked up on TCAS and the big bird was just at wrong place at wrong time.