Bird stuck in nose of American Airlines jet after striking it

Lloyd Doyle
November 15, 2017

November 15-An American Airlines Airbus A319 bound for Miami from Mexico City was slammed in the nose by a bird.

American Airlines Flight 1498 from Mexico City to Miami earned this rare distinction on Tuesday, after a bird became embedded in the radome, or the nose cone that protects the plane's radar system, upon striking the aircraft during the plane's descent into Miami International Airport.

According to the latest figures from the Federal Aviation Administration, there have been more than 142,000 wildlife strikes with civil aircraft in the U.S. since 1990, around 90 percent of which occur below 3,500ft.


Most famously, US Airways Flight 1549 had to crash land in New York's Hudson River in 2009 after ingesting multiple Canadian geese. Tom Hanks played Capt. Sullenberger in director Clint Eastwood's film, "Sully".

The bird strike follows a similar incident last month in which a charter plane carrying National Basketball Association stars from the Oklahoma City Thunder was hit by an unidentified object on its way to Chicago-Midway. There was no word of injuries to passengers and crew as a result of the strike.

"It is true that we deal with bird strikes, that does happen, but never like this", an unnamed employee told WPLG. The plane is expected to be out of service until the hole can be fixed.

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