Bird Strike On Flight To Miami Leaves Bird Stuck To Nose Of The Plane

TravelandLeisurePublished: November 22, 201736,691 views
Published: November 22, 2017

You know those scenes in movies when planes fly close to a flock of birds in the air and they kind of smack themselves all across the windshield? It looks too bizarre to be true, but it is a fact of life. One such instance happened during a flight recently and it did not end happily for the creature.

American Airlines Flight 1498 from Mexico City was on its way to Miami around 11 a.m. local time on November 14, when a bird slammed into the nose of the plane. Bird strikes are not uncommon, however what made this instance unique was that the bird was left stuck to the plane for the rest of the flight, breaching the hull on the plane on impact.

Birds can be a hazard for planes in flight, but this time it was the plane that posed a very serious hazard to a bird. The aircraft was able to land and taxi without any problems, and no injuries to passengers or crew were reported. Unfortunately, the bird did not survive.

Local outlet ABC News 10 reported that an American Airlines employee called this particular bird strike is unusual.

“It is true that we deal with bird strikes, that does happen," they said. “But never like this." After landing, animal services retrieved the bird from the plane, which was then taken in for repairs. The bird had punctured a hole in the nose cone on impact and its head got stuck inside.

According to the FAA, there have been more than 160,000 bird strikes in the last 25 years, Miami's ABC 13 reported. Most of the time, they do not disrupt flights.

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