Bird flies into plane

I’ve always wondered if it’s possible for airplanes to “run over” birds in flight. It appears that it IS possible. Though in this case, the bird ran flies into the plane.

A Southwest Airlines jet has been fixed and returned to service after a bird strike tore a 6-inch hole in the skin of the plane and damaged part of the tail section, the carrier said Thursday.

Southwest spokesman Chris Mainz told The Associated Press that nobody was hurt and at no time was the safety of the crew or customers in jeopardy.

A large bird hit the Boeing 737 shortly after takeoff, at less than 10,000 feet, according to Mainz.

No emergency was declared, but the pilot returned to El Paso as a precaution. Passengers were booked on other flights.

The damage to the fuselage turned out to be on the underside of the jet, toward the front, according to Mainz. The other damage was a minor tear in the horizontal stabilizer on the left rear of the plane.

Bird strikes are common, but it was “extremely rare for that to occur,” to have a tear in the skin of the plane, Mainz said.

Source: MSNBC.com

They never did say what happened to the bird. I wonder, did it:

  1. hit the plane and its beak got stuck, as they usually do in cartoons.
  2. bounce off the side and continued flying, though slightly dazed.
  3. got knocked unconcious and fell to its death.
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Discovery Channel, National Geographic or Animal Planet should make a feature on this. If they already had, would you know which show/episode? I’m really fascinated by this.

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 3 Comments
  1. davidd (aka Puuikibeach) says:

    The TV program “MythBusters” did a segment on birds flying into small planes. They built a compressed air cannon and fired turkeys (frozen and raw) into the plexiglass (perspex) windshield of a small airplane. If I recall correctly, the raw turkey carcasses caused greater damage to the aircraft than the frozen birds.

    Considering the several-hundred miles-per-hour speed of a jet aircraft, I suspect the bird in this instance fared slightly less well than merely being “dazed.”

  2. g_mirage says:

    Hi ninz! in support of what davidd said, Chicken cannons or Chicken guns are used to test the strength of planes and jets, mostly targeted are windshields, cockpit windows and engines.

    But, thawed chicken are used and not frozen,the latter is a myth.

    And yes bird strikes are commom plane accidents, I find it really funny.=D

  3. nina says:

    All I can say is… O_O Poor chickens XD

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