We usually focus on the damage to planes in the event of a bird strike. But as they say, you should see the other guy.
Bird strikes happen far more often than drone strikes, but drones capture far more media attention. Of course, drones are flown by humans so in theory at least should involve incidents we can eliminate.
Earlier this week an American Airlines Airbus A321 from Seattle to Dallas suffered a bird strike on departure and returned to Seattle to assess damage.
The pilot told air traffic controllers, according to LiveATC.net: ‘Looks like we hit some birds after takeoff, we’re gonna need to go back and have the airplane looked at.’
The plane landed back at the airport a little less than an hour later, at 4:25pm. News crews who were on the scene took video of the Airbus A321 returning to the airport, with a large dent on the nose of the airplane.
The good news is that nose cones are replaceable.
I didn’t know that in the event of a bird strike they’ll investigate the bird.
The body of the bird or birds that struck the airplane will be sent to the Smithsonian to determine what kind of birds they are.