Embraer EMB-145 versus pelican photos

Thumbnail image for EMB-145 birdstrike 1.jpgThe heroic, but ultimately futile, attempts by the avian community to fight back against powered intruders continue. In this terrible scene a single white bird, cautiously identified by somebody-or-other as a pelican, loses (just) a bill-to-radome skirmish with an Embraer EMB-145 of Expressjet / Continental Express at Salt Lake City.

More seriously, birdstrikes remain firmly in the “accident waiting to happen” category. We have been very lucky so far but all the evidence is that the threat is increasing.

Or as the NTSB puts it:

On August 10, 2010, about 1340 mountain daylight time, an EmbraerEMB-145XR, N14105, collided with a large bird while on a downwind for avisual approach to Salt Lake City International Airport, Salt LakeCity, Utah. The two flight crew members, the two cabin crew members,and the 46 passengers were not injured, but the airplane, which wasowned and operated by Express Jet, sustained substantial damage. The 14Code of Federal Regulations Part 121 scheduled passenger flight, whichdeparted Houston-Bush Airport at 1154 central daylight time, was beingoperated in visual meteorological conditions. The airplane was on anInstrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight plan.

According to theoperator, while the airplane was on a downwind for a visual approach,it flew through a flock of large birds. One of the birds impacted theairplane near its nose, resulting in a section of skin about three feetlong being folded back. The airplane was then landed successfully atSalt Lake International Airport. An individual who made an initialexamination of the bird remains stated that he believed that the birdwas a White Pelican.

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5 Responses to Embraer EMB-145 versus pelican photos

  1. mutuelle santé September 30, 2010 at 9:28 am #

    So sad to see these images.One question,the radar cannot detect the presence of the birds?In such a case they should be able to avoid this accident.In the near future,they should pay more attention while flying as it could disastrous.

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