Bird Strike Forces Emergency Landing
A Boeing 757 was forced to land today (Feb 3, 2009) as a result of a bird strike. The plane had just taken off from Denver Int’l Airport on its way to San Francisco. Passengers stated that they could hear and feel the collision when the jet hit the bird.
Inspectors found a large dent on the engine casing where the alleged bird strike occurred. Thankfully the plane successfully performed an emergency landing, avoiding any further damage or injuries.
This is the second bird strike reported by major news sources in the past few weeks. The U.S. Airways Hudson River is the last crash reported and drew a slew of media attention to the issues of bird strikes and airport bird control.