Aviation Photo #1589920 Boeing 737-329 - Germania

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Suffering a heavy birdstrike during takeoff to Pristina. Approximately 200 starlings were sucked into the engines when they the flew straight into the path of the departing Boeing. The engine sound changed significantly and the plane returned to Dusseldorf safely after 45 minutes in the air.
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    Stefan Sonnenberg
    Germania
    Boeing 737-329
    Boeing 737-300
    Boeing 737-300
    Boeing
    23775
    1412
    D-ADII
    Dusseldorf - International (Rhein-Ruhr / Lohausen)
    Germany
    September 27, 2009
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Comments (104)

Anonymous
7 years ago
Yesss !!! Five stars!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Dear stefan, really nice picture of this birds! like this pic very much. greetings.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Gets my vote for PC, and 5 stars. Everything is happening here, incl the FO peering out at what's happening!! Brilliant!!
Spencer.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Absolutely 5* for this one! You were at the correct place at the correct time to capture a truly dramatic moment not only for the poor little birds!
Anonymous
7 years ago
What a mess. Well captured Stefan, this will be an iconic picture forever!
Anonymous
7 years ago
My photographer's choice, no question. Caught the moment perfectly. As they say... "f/8 and be there".
Alberto R, NYC
Anonymous
7 years ago
An awesome moment in aviation, you got a real winner here!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Stunning, well done!

Andrew
LA
Anonymous
7 years ago
At the right place on the right time for the fotographer but the birds... Congrats Stefan, a 1st place winner! Regards, Frank frm BUE - E01
ps: I imagined the FO saying Eject! Eject! They were really lucky
Anonymous
7 years ago
Absolutely incredible. You will remember this photo forever. Talk about timing!!! *****
Anonymous
7 years ago
Dinner is served
Anonymous
7 years ago
New Desktop
Anonymous
7 years ago
I saw this picture on the day it happened. i guess yuo posted it to some newspaer website. Dailytimes i guess on Sept 30th.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Statistically speaking, DUS had over 200 bird strikes in a day, probably can make it to the guinness world record!
Anonymous
7 years ago
An instant in time the pilots and wary passengers will remember for the rest of their lives ...
poor birds ... they have no chance against this big baby :-)
photo well taken ... thanx for sharing
Anonymous
7 years ago
WOW...Fantastic shot...Really 5*
Farid
Anonymous
7 years ago
Excellent capture of a, fortunately rare, event.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Considering the speed of the aircraft at that time, let's say 120-140 kt, I just wonder if the FO saw it happen or not. Excellent capture anyway.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Nature photography at its best... the survivors probably needed psychological treatment;)
Anonymous
7 years ago
Your pic was published in "Bild" Newspaper last week!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Nice picture
Anonymous
7 years ago
Very very good work. Excellent capture of such event. Glad they made it safely back, that it not a minor strike!
This will be a textbook picture for many presentation and articles on birdstrike. Keep your mailbox insight :)
Anonymous
7 years ago
Poor animals, thanks god nothing happened to the plane.

From Argentina
Anonymous
7 years ago
Must be the picture of 2009!
Bird vs bird!

5*****
Anonymous
7 years ago
An increbible shot if only the U.S Airways fligt on the hudson in jan.....
Anonymous
7 years ago
Great documentary shot - excellent work!
Anonymous
7 years ago
WOW!! Incredible! =D
Anonymous
7 years ago
Very nice shot indeed. Not the best day for the birds but your timing was just perfect.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Congratulations to that "once in a lifetime" shot, which even the yellow press in Germany gave attention. Hope the reward was not bad. ;-)
Anonymous
7 years ago
FODs, every pilots nightmare..
Anonymous
7 years ago
Great shot, you caught what could have potentially been a disaster. 5 stars!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Amazing pic.

From Pristina/Kosovo
Anonymous
7 years ago
Looks like the first office was looking straight at you while you were capturing the moment!
Anonymous
7 years ago
WOW! No words!
Perfect
Anonymous
7 years ago
When i saw the thumbnail i thought , "oh it's just an illusion - the birds are probably in the foreground" you can actually see bird remains being thrown from the engine . I can imagine the pilots' thoughts an instant before this event... "uh oh...we're gonna have to turn back..... "
Anonymous
7 years ago
I saw that picture some days ago on the news. Great shot !
Anonymous
7 years ago
Great once in a lifetime shot!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Poor birds but... AMAZING SHOT! Five stars!
Anonymous
7 years ago
What comes out we call "Hühnerfrikassee" in Germany ;)
Anonymous
7 years ago
5 Stars easily! A shot well done! I would keep the email Inbox open because they will beat your door down for that shot!!! Great work and great poise! IMO, that could be the shot of the year right there folks.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Uh-oh, PeTA is not going to like this! Awesome shot, though. Never seen anything like this.
Anonymous
7 years ago
As peter griffen would say "everybody knows that the bird is the word"
Anonymous
7 years ago
Incredible! I also saw one time such a flock of birds in Dusseldorf. They were flying around the runway but fortunately they did not collide with any aircrafts...
Anonymous
7 years ago
What a massacre! O_o
Anonymous
7 years ago
Pity these birdies :(
Anonymous
7 years ago
And in the red corner weighin' in at 124,500 pounds... B737. In the blue corner, weighin' at 70 pounds... the starlings. Get in the ring! Definetly 5stars - when nature and industry fight.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Perfect timing and rare picture of the incident, congrats.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Absolutely stunning picture. This is my PC!!! Look at the birds behind the engine thrust blast... Simply amazing and dramatic.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Omg look at that massacre :D
Anonymous
7 years ago
Captured that moment perfectly!
Anonymous
7 years ago
From a photography point of you, this is a good photo. But reality check please. This kind of event can spell disaster for the crew and passengers of this plane. We, humans, fancy the macabre. We have this bizarre taste for looking at the "before shot" of an event gone terribly wrong. Lucky this plane made it back safely. Just my two cents.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Terrific luck (for you) to get this shot. The starlings...not so much. Great detail. I see avian debris all over the place!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Absolutely excellent. I've only ever had single birdstrikes (in jets) and we often see it a split-second before impact even if we're looking inside! I bet they shouted "BIRDS!" (or maybe in German).
Anonymous
7 years ago
And if it landed after 45 minutes, I'm guessing that was to burn fuel to reduce to landing weight, based on our 737 Pristina fuel loads (no fuel dump facility on these).
Anonymous
7 years ago
Great photo! Reeeeeealy nice ;-)
Anonymous
7 years ago
Something you don't see everyday, absolutely amazing.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Fantastic Pic! Right photographer in the right place at the right time. Congrats Stefan: You are my desktop image for a loooong time.
Amazing how robust the Boeing is. Would not trust an Airbus Computer to figure out how to deal with starlings. No offense, but who's to say I'm wrong?
Anonymous
7 years ago
What a great picture!the face of the First Officer is great! He is so calm and looking at the camera, it's so great...
Anonymous
7 years ago
Five stars? Of course! Even more, I suppose this shot is going to be photo of the year :-)
Anonymous
7 years ago
Five Stars Picture... indeed a great shot. Maybe sometimes its not good to be "free as a bird".
Anonymous
7 years ago
Oh my goodness!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Unique shot!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Cool Shot Thanks dear Stefan for sharing !

Iman-IranianSpotters
Anonymous
7 years ago
Today's menu: Nuggets.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Any pic of the runway after impact. Must looked like war :-)
Anonymous
7 years ago
Enemy Squadron in Action
Anonymous
7 years ago
Damn son, look at the emissions from the engine... bird dinner tonight :P
Anonymous
7 years ago
I wonder if birds think the same was as some people do when they're at a railroad crossing with an oncoming train: "Oh, it's far away, we'll make it!"
Anonymous
7 years ago
A Pilots nightmare. The thumps , bumps and engine warnings sure make you sit up and take notice. You can see numerous areas on the Boeing with impact marks from the birds. You were definitely at the right place and at the right time. Excellent shot Stefan, Thanks for sharing this.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Pure chaos
Anonymous
7 years ago
Just no words. Amazing foto and a happy end.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Great picture
Anonymous
7 years ago
Natures vacuum cleaner.
Anonymous
7 years ago
This is an amazing moment to capture veyr good shot
Anonymous
7 years ago
Poor little birdies.... :)
Anonymous
7 years ago
Wow 200 starlings is a whole lot of birds. It's good that it safely landed. Great timing though.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Look at the co pilots face he is a bit shocked to say the least. at least thay got down onto solid ground safely good fortune was with them this day
Anonymous
7 years ago
Great timing, great shot!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Photographer was in the right place at the right moment.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Nice!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Planes need bird avoiding systems or birds need plane avoiding systems but I think the second one makes more sense. :)
Anonymous
6 years ago
Great Pic! Unbelievable timing! NICE! Fotunatly the bird's were not so big. :-)
Anonymous
6 years ago
Introduding...the Cusinart Model CFM-56
Anonymous
6 years ago
Keep that plane away from me because it kills little birdies but in whole, great shot... you got that timing bang on!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Look at the face of the first officer.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Five stars? Sure, but next time please don't release the birds directly next to the runway when a plane flies by!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Omg, you can actually see the blood and everything. That's a bird massacre..........kinda cool. i feel bad for the people who have to clean that.I still cant get over the fact that these birds inner body working are now on the outside......
Anonymous
6 years ago
So Lucky!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Amazing photo, thankfully no one was hurt... poor birds though...
Anonymous
6 years ago
This is a shot of a lifetime, very good for instruction purposes too. However, I would not want to have been at the stick during this one.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Not to offend anyone but a new movie idea "Bird Strike massacre!"
Anonymous
6 years ago
Great pic!! nice to see less starlings corrupting our air space but unfortunatly it was to the safety and cleanliness of this boeing.... I would say those CFM 56 are bird ingestion certified!!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
I see blood.......
Anonymous
6 years ago
Poor birds...
Anonymous
5 years ago
When your rifles just don't do the job, bring the 737 in!
Anonymous
5 years ago
This is a horrendous picture.. 737 is a massive killer herein
Anonymous
5 years ago
Perfect shot. Blood is starting to build up on the wing. This is a one in a million - not only because of the birds. But look at the co-pilot enjoying the view. A split second after this shot was taken, he had lots of other things to think about.
Anonymous
5 years ago
So sad! Poor birdies!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Poor Birds :-(((
Anonymous
4 years ago
Amazing timing. RIP birds. Nice to hear incident ended well.
Anonymous
4 years ago
Angry Birds !
Anonymous
4 years ago
What a precise timing !
Anonymous
3 years ago
Plane and flight crew: Now rated for bird strikes!
Anonymous
3 years ago
Poor 737 it just wanted to fly!

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