December 2, 2022

Bird Strike Grounds Plane

Bird strike grounds plane in Chicago. On Friday, a United Airlines flight was diverted back to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport due to a bird strike shortly after takeoff, the airline reported.

A Boeing 737-900 was used for flight 1930, which was headed for Miami International Airport.

United Airlines issued a statement saying, “The aircraft landed safely and passengers disembarked at the gate.” The airline withheld information on any potential harm to the jet.

With her husband, Kimberly Fiock took the flight on Friday morning.

According to Fiock to CNN, “I knew something was amiss because there was fire below the wing that was coming out in spurts, and it seemed sort of jerky.”

Fiock claimed that until the plane touched down, she was unaware that the issue was the result of birds. I’m so appreciative to the crew and the pilots for getting us back safely, she remarked.

 

Bird strike grounds plane in Chicago

According to the flight-tracking website FlightAware, Flight 1930 departed at 10:47 a.m. local time. It arrived back at O’Hare 42 minutes later.

According to the airline, a new aircraft was assigned to the trip, and it departed early on Friday afternoon.
In 2019, there were more than 17,000 animal strikes at 753 US airports, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

According to the FAA, engines account for around 25% of all damaged airplane components. The most often damaged part of civil aircraft in the US.

The FAA keeps note of such instances in its Wildlife Strike Database.

The FAA reports on its wildlife website that there are more wildlife strikes with aircraft.

According to the FAA website, strikes rose consistently from around 1,800 in 1990 to 16,000 in 2018.

According to the FAA website, “the observed increase in reported wildlife strikes” has been caused by expanding wildlife populations. As well as an increase in aircraft movements, a tendency toward faster and quieter aircraft, and outreach to the aviation community.

After two birds struck the plane’s twin engines in 2009, pilot Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III made a dramatic emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River in New York City.

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