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United Airlines Bird Strike Damages Nose on Approach to Denver

Soumis
 
A United Airlines Boeing 737 jet struck a bird on approach to Denver International Airport this morning punching a hole in its nose. (airnation.net) Plus d'info...

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TheBunnie
Bunnie Meyer 4
The economy is so bad even the birds are committing suicide.
SootBox
SootBox 11
Was the bird cleared to be in that air space? Did he SQUAWK correctly?
HunterTS4
Toby Sharp 4
nice, one thumbs up for you sir
padgettrea
Ronald Padgett 1
I think he did... likely the last time the pilot will call him he's got a nice beak though.
davidm52
Anybody check the seats on the flight deck for 'residue'?
rick737
richard weiss 2
We took the airport hawk down the left engine just prior to V1. And engine surge caused an abort. We went back to the gate. The FAA guys showed about an hour later. I first noticed them looking at the bent blades in the engine. So, I decided to test their sense of humor by saying "are you guys from the FAA or The Audubon Society?" The Fed looked straight at me and said "The audubon Society, UP AGAINST THE JET!!" They in fact do have a sense of humor.
TXCAVU
Now that's funny.
thecohorts
Matt LaMay 2
"United Airlines flight 1475, a Boeing 737-900 aircraft, took off from Dallas Ft. Worth International (DFW) at 8:38 AM CDT and landed at Denver at 9:09 AM CDT"

Man...31 minutes from DFW to DEN. SR-71-737-900 maybe?
preacher1
preacher1 0
Typo by the writer of the article in writing CDT for Denver time
thecohorts
Matt LaMay 1
I know. It was a joke.
preacher1
preacher1 1
I know, just couldn't resist. Man it's Friday.LOL
jkudlick
Jeremy Kudlick 2
Wow. If the bird had been only a few feet higher, we could be talking about a seriously injured Captain! Sometimes luck counts as much as skill.
SootBox
SootBox 3
Doesn't say much for the 900. An old sooty 100 two holer would have LAUGHED at the bird.
preacher1
preacher1 1
It's got a fiberglas radome too.
stevenfield
STEVEN FIELD 2
THE BIRD HIT THE RADOME WHICH COVERS THE RADAR DISK. THE RADOME IS FIBERGLASS TO ALLOW RADAR BEAMS TO EXIT AND RETURN AN IMAGE.SPEED DOES AFFECT DAMAGE BUT THE PRESSURIZED AIRCRAFT WAS NOT DAMAGED.ADDITIONALLY THE WINDSHIELDS ARE FOUR CHICKEN RESISTANT OR BETTER TO REDUCE DAMAGE TO THAT PART OF THE AIRCRAFT
onceastudentpilot
tim mitchell 1
I would venture to say that the radome hit the bird
rnasser
Rich Nasser 1
"Four Chicken Resistant" is definitely an industry term! Love it!
mhlansdell00
Mark Lansdell 1
25 miles from Denver? What was his cruising altitude from DFW? Seems to me a B 739 should have been well above where the heartiest of birds fly. Don't birds suffer from hypoxia or am I loosing my sense of humor?
preacher1
preacher1 2
I don't have the Denver approach plate here in front of me but I would think at 25 miles he would have been well into descent for that airport, with cruise altitude long gone.
thecohorts
Matt LaMay 1
At 25 miles out, they would have been near the JEFEL waypoint and around 13,000ft.
preacher1
preacher1 1
Ya know, that is still a little above average for a bird strike though, although not unheard of. It ain't uncommon down in the 2-3000 ft level or less but that is up there somewhat.
mhlansdell00
Mark Lansdell 1
I've flown with Canada geese at 11,000ft near HFD. Never saw anything above that, but I'm not the only observer.
thecohorts
Matt LaMay 2
13000ft is only 8000 AFA...so not unheard of especially if we're talking Canada geese. I know of reports of airliners hitting them above FL200. The record highest is a 757 hitting a vulture at FL370. Yes 37,000ft.
mhlansdell00
Mark Lansdell 1
You leave me with WOW. I'd never head these stats. I knew that cranes and storks fly high over mountain passes in the Alps and Tibet but 37K? I'll have to check in with my nearest ornithologist.
mhlansdell00
Mark Lansdell 1
Yea. I looked at the FlightAware flight graph for UAL 1475 on the 31st. I spoke too quickly.
mhlansdell00
Mark Lansdell 0
Pull up Denver on the "Airport Tracker". I think it's KAPA There should be plates there. I haven't dropped in there since it was Stapelton.
preacher1
preacher1 1
I didn't pull up the plate as somebody else here answered the question, but FYI, KAPA is centennial in Denver. KDEN is Denver International. I don't know what they did with Stapleton to tell you the truth. I don't know if they renamed it or razed it and sold off the property. I went through it several times myself, both as flying thru there and as a PAX on Continental long time ago, as in when CO still had the gold tail. Matter of fact, came thru there in 72 on my way home from 'Nam.
JetMech24
JetMech24 1
Stapleton is now mostly covered with low income housing.
preacher1
preacher1 1
Tks, I was thinking they did something like that but couldn't remember for sure.
JetMech24
JetMech24 1
No problem. :-)
bizarrebananablast
Conor Ball 1
They might make the control tower into a viewing platform.
mhlansdell00
Mark Lansdell 1
Too many airports, too little time left, and so many I haven't been through yet. The point I was trying to make was there are plates available right here if you need them.
preacher1
preacher1 1
Nah, I got a flight bag full as well as the pad now. I didn't even think about this here being handy. I just saw your post about 25 miles out and still at CA. Just idle thought.
bovineone
Jeff Lawson 1
Flight track -- http://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAL1475/history/20120731/1319Z/KDFW/KDEN
Doobs
Dee Lowry 1
Oh Man, I have been hit by several birds in my flying career. But this takes the cake! Never in my 30 years have I seen a puncture like that. I've seen lightening strikes that have created damage but not to extent that this "Bird"?.. thats when "Duck Tape'comes in handy! The last thing that bird saw was his A..Hole. I'm feeling sorry for the bird because we have entered their airspace.
bdarnell
bdarnell 1
"There were 151 passengers on board but there were no injuries"

No report on how the bird made out.
mhlansdell00
Mark Lansdell 1
Unless the 9 hit a metiorite, I think I can accurately predict the bird's condition. :-)
delmonaco03
Looks like something one of the wild turkeys in my backyard would do.
jdriskell
James Driskell 1
This is a big deal! Especially if you buy the farm because of a bird strike. Not only are the airlines and faa interested in the bird type and flight patterns, but the Air Force is also supporting this research.
dwvanberkel
Everyone is commenting how 'big' the bird must have been to have caused such damage. I think the reason for so much damage must have been due to the speed of the aircraft! The article says it departed DFW at 8:38 AM CDT and landed at Denver at 9:09 AM CDT. That plane was moving!!!!
preacher1
preacher1 1
Yeah but Denver is on Mountain Time so add an hour to the flight time.lol
dwvanberkel
True. Typo by the writer of the article in writing CDT for Denver time.
dax9876
dax9876 1
"Bird Residue"... Dinner anyone?
preacher1
preacher1 3
Should we say AIR KILL now instead of ROAD KILL?
zennermd
zennermd 1
Yes please!
yf2217
nicky sauter 1
i saw a picture of the nose, it is amazing what one bird can do to a giant aircraft!!!!
davedoc
I think when they finish the "bird residue" research they'll discover that the birds name was Chuck Norris. That bird delivered quite a punch.
stevenfield
STEVEN FIELD 1
THE NOSE IS A FIBERGLASS RADOME FOR THE RADAR AND IS SUBJECT TO BIRD STRIKES. THE PRESSURE VESSEL BEHIND WAS NOT DAMAGED BUT THE RADAR DISK PROBABLY WAS. YES AIRSPEED IS A FACTOR BUT THE WINDSHIELDS ARE 4 CHICKEN OR BETTER RESISTANT SO NOT THAT BIG A DEAL.
windytree
tom duff 1
When the bird hit the plane it probably was a coo coo bird.
preacher1
preacher1 1
and very dead
AABABY
AABABY 1
Tom: Wouldn't be a Dodo? As in "Dead as a Dodo".
preacher1
preacher1 0
Why are we spending good money to gather "BIRD RESIDUE" to send to Washington for analysis. Bird is dead. Who cares? More of our taxpayer $ wasted. IMHO
saso792
saso792 5
I think they were wanting to see if the bird was actually a missing politician from Washington. There might be a DNA match.
preacher1
preacher1 1
evbutler
Ev Butler 0
What good will it do to find out what kind of bird it was? Waste of money and manpower, plus shipping.
bovineone
Jeff Lawson 1
It might help decide whether the amount of damage received was reasonable for that type/size of bird. That may in turn lead to changes in how aircraft are tested for birdstrike resistance in future certifications. Additionally, if the type of bird was unexpected for the area that might be useful to researchers to know if environmental conditions are encouraging migrations or behavior that might impact an increasing number of other flights in the future.
preacher1
preacher1 1
Them are all noble things but sound like the same justification a DC bureaucrat would give to save their job.What difference will it make if migratory patterns are changing. You going to move Denver Airport? Bird strikes happen all the time and never get reported, except on a slow news day. A DAL RJ came in to LIT a few weeks back looking a whole lot worse than that. I think it is a testament to Boeing that one conmes thru with that little damage. IMHO
newman2112
newman2112 0
(Duplicate Squawk Submitted)

Jet from D/FW damaged by bird strike near Denver

A United Airlines jet collided with a bird on Tuesday morning as the plane was descending into the Denver airport.

http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/Jet-from-DFW-damaged-by-bird-strike-near-Denver-164507476.html
Akaderwood
Akaderwood 0
(Duplicate Squawk Submitted)

Bird strike leaves big gash in United Airlines 737

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.

http://travel.usatoday.com/flights/post/2012/08/united-airlines-bird-strike/816045/1
johncotton
John Cotton 0
(Duplicate Squawk Submitted)

Bird Strike Leaves Gaping Hole in 737

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

The bird’s remains, recovered from the aircraft, will be analyzed by experts from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, who will help identify the species.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/07/united-airlines-flight-strikes-bird-on-descent-to-denver/

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