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Pilots of United Boeing 737 report striking drone on takeoff from San Francisco

Old 31st Mar 2024, 16:12
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Pilots of United Boeing 737 report striking drone on takeoff from San Francisco

United Boeing 737 MAX9 was on the initial climb when the pilots reported they had probably hit a drone.

The aircraft (registration N37535) climbed to 5,000 ft when the pilots contacted the tower and requested to return to SFO.

The flight was vectored back to SFO on runway 28R.An American Airlines pilot, waiting for takeoff, reported that animals were crossing the runway.

The flight landed 40 minutes after departure with 187 souls onboard after ILS approach.

It’s still not sure if the Boeing 737 MAX really hit a drone or if it was a more common birdstrike.

https://airlive.net/emergency/2024/0...​​
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Old 31st Mar 2024, 16:45
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Boeing really have shot themselves in the foot with the Max haven't they? This would not have happened if it was an Airbus!
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Boeing really have shot themselves in the foot with the Max haven't they? This would not have happened if it was an Airbus!
Lol, good one Chesty!
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Old 31st Mar 2024, 19:03
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Originally Posted by NutLoose
https://airlive.net/emergency/2024/0...​​
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​​​​​​​FAA now claiming it was a bird strike so guessing they found bird remains
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Given that the European Robin has a Head Up Display in its right eye, it remains to be seen. (see what I did there)

Really, angle of dip data is fed to its right eye.
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Originally Posted by Loose rivets
Given that the European Robin has a Head Up Display in its right eye, it remains to be seen. (see what I did there)

Really, angle of dip data is fed to its right eye.
What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
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airspeed velocity
Interesting concept... ​​​​​​​
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Originally Posted by Capn Bloggs
Interesting concept...
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Originally Posted by B2N2
What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
African or European……
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A return for a drone/birdstrike with no report of evidence of damage? Sounds a bit extreme doesn't it?
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Originally Posted by meleagertoo
A return for a drone/birdstrike with no report of evidence of damage? Sounds a bit extreme doesn't it?
If you hit a decent sized bird on a cockpit window it sounds like a small explosion in the cockpit. Would you be comfortable pressurizing the aircraft fully while sitting next to that window?
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Certainly happy if not visibly damaged, why ever not?
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Originally Posted by meleagertoo
A return for a drone/birdstrike with no report of evidence of damage? Sounds a bit extreme doesn't it?
How about this PoV: if the crew chose to return, I'll not second guess them. It was their call to make.
They made their own risk assessment based on what info they had, and if they chose conservatively so be it.
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Certainly happy if not visibly damaged, why ever not?
I should think that if their initial observation was that they hit a drone and not, as seems to have happened, a bird, then I should also think they were more concerned about those parts of the aircraft that cannot be seen from the front.

While I would tend to agree with you where the strike is obvious and it is clear there was no damage done continue on, it doesn't sound as though that was the impression here. In which case, excellent job to ensure the safety of all onboard.
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Originally Posted by meleagertoo
Certainly happy if not visibly damaged, why ever not?
You would have no idea what damage may have occurred to the structure not visible from inside the cockpit. The kinetic energy from even a modest sized bird is enormous at 250 knots. I hit a bird at 250 knots in a USN trainer and the aircraft never flew again. Most of the structural damage was not visible. I had what we considered a minor strike in another aircraft that broke a frame internally. A visual inspection showed nothing until they borescoped inside.

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Originally Posted by Lonewolf_50
How about this PoV: if the crew chose to return, I'll not second guess them. It was their call to make.
They made their own risk assessment based on what info they had, and if they chose conservatively so be it.
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How much of the external can be seen from inside? Glad you have retired.
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