Disturbing Video Shows Bird Stuck in the Nose of an American A319

Nov 16, 2017

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a… birdplane?

On Tuesday, a bird slammed into the nose of an American Airlines A319 and created a large hole in the body of the aircraft. But what made the collision even more strange was that the bird remained stuck in the side of the aircraft for the remainder of the flight. Thousands of bird strikes happen every year, though it’s rare to see a bird stay attached to the plane.

Video of the aftermath shows the rather large hole that was created by the collision along with the poor winged creature’s body blowing in the breeze. Disclaimer, it’s not pretty:

AA1498 was on approach to Miami (MIA) after departing from Mexico City (MEX) Tuesday morning when the large bird hit the airplane around 11 am ET, only minutes before landing. The narrow-body aircraft was able to land safely with no issues — no injuries were reported, either. Once parked at Gate D22, the aircraft was taken to maintenance for repairs and according to FlightRadar 24, the same plane flew from MIA to Bogotá (BOG) only 10 hours later.

It appears the strike didn’t affect the aircraft’s flight path at all:

AA1498 flight path on Tuesday, November 14. Image courtesy of FlightRadar24.

Last month the Oklahoma City Thunder’s charter flight was left with a massive dent on the front of the aircraft after reportedly being hit by a bird. But of course the most infamous bird-related aviation incident would have to be US Airways flight 1549 that crash-landed in the New York City’s Hudson River after multiple birds were sucked into the engines after takeoff.

H/T: WPLG Local 10

Featured image courtesy of ABC.

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