Photo: Screengrab from 7NEWS
A bird smacked into the nose of a United Airlines plane as the jet descended into Denver International Airport, reports Marshall Zelinger at ABC 7.And look at the terrifying damage that bird did!
Fortunately, the Boeing 737 landed safely and there were no injuries.
Here’s what aviation expert and pilot Steve Cowell told ABC 7:
“It didn’t affect the engines. It didn’t affect the landing gear from coming down at all. Passengers probably wouldn’t have felt anything, but the pilot certainly would have heard the smack of the bird on the nose.
“If (the pilots) were off their autopilot, they might have known to have to pitch the aeroplane up or down just a little bit differently to what they were used to doing.”
So, what kind of bird was it?
Nobody knows yet, but they’ve recovered “bird residue” from the plane, which is being sent to be analysed by scientists at the Smithsonian in Washington. The Smithsonian has a DNA database of every bird species in the world.
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