Monday, November 10, 2008

Ryanair Birdstrike in Italy

A close call today for the crew and 166 passengers aboard Ryanair Boeing 737. The jet was on short final and experienced the mother of all birdstrikes:

Notice all the blood spots along the nose and wings (Click on image for close up)

Hard landing? Heavy weight landing? My sources says the Ryanair B-737 was on short final at 200' AGL when over 200 birds struck the jet. Number 1 engine flamed out due to bird ingestion and pilots attempted go-around. Shortly thereafter, Number 2 engine quit and forced the crew to put the jet down on the runway. Damage to main gear from hard landing.

Overall, a great job by the pilots.

Write up from the BBC News is "here".

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