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4th Jun 2006, 05:46
SITKA, Alaska - A windshield cracked by an errant goose prompted a Las Vegas-bound America West plane to make an unscheduled landing Friday evening at an airport here, officials said.

America West Flight 142 from Anchorage was an Airbus 319 carrying 112 passengers and five crew members, said Mark Hein, a US Airways spokesman in Phoenix.

After the goose hit the windshield, the pilot descended below 10,000 feet, then landed as a precaution, Hein said. No one aboard the plane was injured.

The plane landed in Sitka at 6:50 p.m. local time, said a Federal Aviation Administration operations officer in Renton.

The FAA officer, who declined to be identified, said such a landing was a common occurrence.

Doesn't sound like much fun. Glad no injuries reported.

4th Jun 2006, 15:10
...they decended to below 10.000ft?? Do these birds fly that high?? I always thought we were quite save at higher altitiudes...? :ooh:

4th Jun 2006, 16:23
From Google:

The greatest recorded bird-strike altitude in recent years was an African vulture, struck by an airliner at 37,000 feet.

A mallard was struck by an airliner at 21,000 feet over Nevada. Smaller birds tend to attack us at lower altitudes, from sea level to around 12,000 feet.

So - never relax - especially if you are a bird:)

4th Jun 2006, 20:01
Check out this thread:


It includes a link to a story on bar-headed geese, a specially adapted bird that flies over Mt. Everest every year.


At 29,028 feet, Mount Everest is tall enough to poke into the jet stream, a high-altitude river of wind that blows at speeds of more than 200 miles an hour. Temperatures on the mountain can plummet low enough to freeze exposed flesh instantly. Its upper reaches offer only a third of the oxygen available at sea level--so little that if you could be transported instantly from sea level to Everest's summit, without time to acclimatize, you would probably lose consciousness within minutes. Kerosene cannot burn here; helicopters cannot fly here. Yet every spring, flocks of bar-headed geese--the world's highest-altitude migrants--fly from their winter feeding grounds in the lowlands of India through the Himalayan range, sometimes even directly above Everest, on their way to their nesting grounds in Tibet. Then every fall these birds retrace their route to India. With a little help from tailwinds, they may be able to cover the one-way trip--more than 1,000 miles--in a single day.

5th Jun 2006, 12:48
So those dare devils that barrel up to and below 10,000 ft at 320 knots because they can, need to remind themselves that birds can kill you if you clobber them at high speed. Stick to 250 knots below 10 grand and hope for the best.