An American Airlines Airbus A319 bound for Miami from Mexico City was slammed in the nose by a bird.
As Flight 1498 approached Miami International Airport at around 11 a.m. Tuesday, the large bird hit the front end of the plane and became embedded in the nose, WPLG Local 10 reported.
Birds crash into planes often — the FAA reported more than 160,000 bird strikes in a 25-year period between 1990 and 2015.
Sometimes the results are deadly — and not just for the feathered victims.
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A United States Air Force E-3 Sentry crash-landed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska in 1995 after being struck by a goose, which led to 24 fatalities.
Most famously, US Airways Flight 1549 had to crash land in New York’s Hudson River in 2009 after ingesting multiple Canadian geese. The heroics of pilots Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles, who guided the plane into the frigid waters off Manhattan, became known as Miracle on the Hudson because all 155 people aboard were rescued by nearby boats and there were no fatalities. Tom Hanks played Capt. Sullenberger in director Clint Eastwood’s film, “Sully.”
No word on whether Miami’s incident will spawn a movie — no injuries were reported — but the incident was certainly novel.
The bird remained stuck and sticking out of the plane’s nose, causing airport personnel on the tarmac to snap photos of the damaged aircraft as the flight sat at gate D22.
“It is true that we deal with bird strikes, that does happen, but never like this,” an unnamed employee told WPLG.
Animal services removed the unfortunate bird and the plane is out of service until repairs are completed.
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