remain on windows after bird strikes. No blood, no gore.
Turkey buzzard mistakes helicopter pilot for Santa Claus.
No birds or pilots were harmed in the filming of the incident. Too bad about the windshield. (via
An incredibly detailed reconstruction of US Airways flight 1549, from takeoff to ditching in the Hudson.
The first video is an animation of the flight, with audio from the LGA tower and a transcription of the discussion between Capt. Sullenberger and F/O Skiles. The work also includes reconstructed radar target displays, radar returns of the birds, and various audio transcripts. Based on the NTSB docket, released in June 2009.
...the Department of Transportation will not keep secret the data we collect on birds striking airplanes. - Ray LaHood, United States Secretary of Transportation
From the dreaded mourning dove
to the nefarious Canada goose
to the humble armadillo
, the FAA's recently
released National Wildlife Strike Database ON-LINE
contains information on aircraft/wildlife strikes from over 100,000 reported incidents between 1990 and 2008. [more inside]
US Airways Flight 1549 has crashed into
the Hudson. Fortunately, it appears that everyone has survived. The culprit appears to be a bird strike
from a flock of geese (as opposed to a single bird, which airplane engines are built to withstand). [more inside]