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Bird vs. plane: Huge hole ripped in Air Namibia air craft after midair collision

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An Air Namibia flight experienced a “bird strike incident” on Thursday of last week, leaving the aircraft with significant damage. Images shared on Twitter by a passenger on the flight show a large hole ripped through the A319-100 aircraft’s underbody panels. With feathers hanging from the torn metal sheets, the surrounding outside panels are left covered in what appear to be smears of blood. (www.perthnow.com.au) Ещё...

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babyracer
babyracer 2
Ya gotta love the last sentence in that article, "It is unclear what happened to the bird." Actually it is quite clear thank you very much Ms Burke (reporter).
wopri
Wolfgang Prigge 1
I wonder what kind of bird it was. The biggest birds actually flying in the area WDH that I know are vultures, but could they cause this much damage?
knutvm
Knut Meyer 2
Wolfgang, very possible. A pee-wit size bird collided with the inboard metal leading edge of the Baron I was getting airborne and it made a large dent - and that was only at 90 kts.. A vulture is a heavy bird (if it were a vulture) and it crashed into a fibre glass cover/fairing. Depending on the approach phase the approach speed would likely be in the order of 145 kts or even more.
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
Looks like it hit the radar dome. From there, maybe it did sort of a bank shot and hit the side of the cowling at an angle rather than straight on.
bentwing60
bentwing60 2
The first picture on the link is a Turkish Airlines plane that was hit earlier. The Air N. one is scary! That was a big, fast bird. That's a very weird angle for that much damage. Bet if that had been metal, instead of composite, he wouldn't have gone through.
joelwiley
joel wiley 2
oops, missed it was 2 incidents. Tried reading on a phone & slow link. Tiny fonts and aging eyeballs seldom mix.
williambaker08
william baker 1
That is close to one of the strongest parts of the plane as well. In my opinion there is no way a bird could have done that much damage to that plane. I think maybe a flock of birds could have but It seems funny the wing also look clean as well as the Engine Cowling.
yr2012
matt jensen 1
wopri
Wolfgang Prigge 1
There are no wood storks or condors in Namibia.
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
But there are a number of other large birds including other storks, hawks, eagles, vultures, etc. Among other references is:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_birds_of_Namibia
wopri
Wolfgang Prigge 2
If you know the area near Windhoek Hosea Kutako International you realize that it is a high-density savannah habitat. You are likely to find vultures there, that's why I mentioned them. The largest bird able to fly in Namibia is the Kori Bustard, large males can reach 40 pounds or more, but they fly very rarely and do prefer a more open savanna. The larges bird in Namibia regardless of flying ability is of course the ostrich.
SorenTwin
SorenTwin 1
Obviously. There would have to be - there's proof of the damage. Wasn't caused by a sparrow.
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
AVHerald reports occurrence on approach so it was fairly low
http://avherald.com/h?article=49291357&opt=0

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