Published on : Thursday, November 16, 2017
American Airlines flight 1498 that was travelling from Mexico City to Miami witnessed this rare distinction on Tuesday.
A bird had smashed into the airplane, before getting embedded in the nose cone of the plane also known as ‘radome’ soon after it struck the plane as it was descending into Miami International Airport. The bird can still be observed hanging lifeless from the front of the aircraft, directly close to a large dent.
A representative for the airline has confirmed that nobody on the plane has been injured apart from the bird and the plane has been able to land as it was scheduled.
In a statement to a leading news media agency the authorities have explained thay the flight was capanle of making a perfectly safe landing and then later it taxied to the gate.
The airplane was taken out of service and its radome has been repaired by their maintenance team.
A local news agency said that bird strikes are a common occurrence as over 160,000 instances of bird strikes have been reported between the years 1990 and 2015.