Bird strike leaves big gash in United Airlines 737

Posted By on August 4, 2012

A United Airlines Boeing 737 landed safely in Denver despite a bird strike that left the jet with a large gash on its nose, reports KUSA Channel 9 News of Denver.

United Flight 1475 originated at Dallas/Fort Worth and struck the bird as it was descending in preparation to land at Denver around 9 a.m. MT Tuesday morning. None of the 151 passengers or crew were injured, United spokeswoman Christen David says to ABC 7 News of Denver.

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ABC 7 says the National Transportation and Safety Board will investigate the incident, a development it says is “typical in bird-strike cases.”

Steve Cowell, described by ABC 7 as “an aviation expert and pilot, tells the station that despite the gash shown in the photos, the nose is among the least-risky spots for a bird strike.

“It didn’t affect the engines. It didn’t affect the landing gear from coming down at all,” Cowell tells ABC 7. “Passengers probably wouldn’t have felt anything, but the pilot certainly would have heard the smack of the bird on the nose.”

A United Airlines Boeing 737 landed safely in Denver despite a birdstrike that left the jet with a large gash on its nose.

United Flight 1475 originated at Dallas/Fort Worth and struck the bird as it was descending in preparation to land at Denver around 9 a.m. MT Tuesday morning. None of the 151 passengers or crew were injured, United spokeswoman Christen David says to ABC 7 News of Denver.

ABC 7 says the National Transportation and Safety Board will investigate the incident, a development it described as “typical in bird-strike cases.”

Steve Cowell, described by ABC 7 as “an aviation expert and pilot, tells the station that despite the gash shown in the photos, the nose least-risky spots for a bird strike.

“It didn’t affect the engines. It didn’t affect the landing gear from coming down at all,” Cowell tells ABC 7. “Passengers probably wouldn’t have felt anything, but the pilot certainly would have heard the smack of the bird on the nose.”

Source: http://travel.usatoday.com

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