#AVIATIONGOALS Are birds dangerous to planes? .
Bird strikes typically happen near airports during the takeoff and landing phases of flight, when planes are flying at lower altitudes. As a precaution, all large commercial aircraft, including passenger jets are thoroughly tested and must be certified to continue flying after impacting a four pound bird (note: the average pigeon weighs about one pound). So, while some damage to the plane is possible, it will for the most part be very minor and have ZERO impact the plane’s ability to continue flying. Critical systems and parts like the wings, engines, and windshields are all designed and constructed so that they can withstand the impact of a large bird or several birds. Passengers should also know that, as a precaution, most airports do utilize a variety of systems to keep birds away (be they mechanical, or lights, or even predatory animals). This all but eliminates the threat of birds during the takeoff and landing phases at most airports.
Yes, there are miserable events like a case in 2009, when US Airways Flight 1549 landed on the Hudson River after both of its engines failed due to a bird strike. Flight 1549 was a perfect storm of unlikely conditions that was actually able to do some damage to the plane.
People should be more concerned with the danger that a bird’s poop poses to their car’s paint job than to what will happen if the bird collides with an airliner (I’ll give ya a hint, the plane always wins😉). Follow @aviationgoals for more! .
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