Entries in Bird Strike (4)


United Airlines Flight Lands Safely After Bird Strike

File photo. (United Continental Airlines)(DENVER) -- A United Airlines flight from Dallas/Ft. Worth struck a bird as it made its descent into Denver on Tuesday, causing a large hole in the plane’s nose.

ABC News affiliate KMGH reports that Flight 1475, a Boeing 737, was carrying 151 passengers at the time of the incident. No one was injured as a result of the strike, a spokesman for the airline said, according to KMGH.

The flight landed just before 9:30 a.m. local time.

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‘Unavoidable’ Bird Strike Killed 2 Marines 

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) -- A “likely unavoidable” bird strike was responsible for a helicopter crash that killed two Camp Pendleton Marines in September, according to a Marine Corps investigation.

Capt. Jeffrey Bland, 37, and 1st Lt. Thomas Heitmann, 27, were killed on Sept. 19 when their AH-1W Cobra helicopter collided with a female red-tailed hawk near Fallbrook, Calif.

The bird, which investigators estimated had a 4-foot wingspan and weighed 3 pounds,  hit the top of the helicopter and damaged the pitch change link, according to a report obtained by the San Diego Union-Tribune through a public records request.

Vibrations in the main rotor caused the helicopter to fall to the ground in three separate pieces, the report stated.

The two Marines were killed on impact, while the wreckage ignited a brush fire that spread over 120 acres.

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FAA Scolds iPad Bird-Strike Videographer

File photo. Tom Brakefield/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Even if you don’t remember the name Grant Cardone, surely you remember his video. Cardone was on the recent Delta flight hit by birds shortly after takeoff at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport.

While filming out of the window with his iPad, Cardone caught the sudden blur of birds pass his window, followed by the thud of them smashing into the plane’s engine. Use of electronics during take off is strictly prohibited by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The FAA has now issued Cardone a warning letter encouraging him to comply with regulations on future flights.

“In cases where there is evidence that a passenger has used a personal electronic device on a flight at a time when it was not allowed, the FAA may elect to send a warning notice to the passenger to encourage compliance with regulations on future flights,” the FAA said in a statement.

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Bird Strike: Delta Flight Makes Emergency Landing

ABC News/WABC-TV(NEW YORK) -- Delta Flight 1063 was forced to make an emergency landing at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport after its right engine reportedly experienced a bird strike shortly after takeoff Thursday afternoon.

The flight, originally bound for Los Angeles, returned safely to JFK.

“On takeoff, the airplane had a likely bird strike,” said a Delta statement. “As a precaution, the captain elected to return to JFK. The flight landed without incident, and we’re working on reaccomodating the passengers.”

CNN’s Ali Velshi, who was on the flight, tweeted that following the bird strike the cabin filled with smoke. Velshi also commended the captain and crew for “a quick turnaround & landing.”

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