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Do you find it a little humbling that a bird strike can take down an Airbus?
An Airbus taking off from La Guardia in New York has crash landed on the Hudson River reportedly as a result of two bird strikes.

There are survivors, New York rescue services were on the scene almost instantly.
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agentju90 answers:

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wumpus answers:

Eagles can soar high, but slugs don't get sucked into jet engines.

Many aircraft are vulnerable to an engine failure on takeoff - which is when it needs as much thrust as possible.
Most are designed to be able to withstand a birdstrike safely.
But two together is very unfortunate.

And it is a testament to the aircraft designers and safety regulators that there are survivors.

Airfields do take safeguards to avoid flocks of birds gathering, however since they are largely wide open areas of grass, it's not possible to totally prevent them.

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seacommander answers:

I don't necessarily find it humbling - these were big birds; a flock of geese - but am concerned that after all the years of development engines are still so susceptible to bird strikes. Apart from the aircraft designers we must give the crew the full recognition they deserve in being able to bring the plan down safely in a highly populated area; and with so little time to think. Congratulations are also due to the ferry boats that wer on the scene within minutes and carried out the rescue of the majority of the passengers.

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robinsamuels answers:

I've heard rumours that the letter left in the top desk at the White House contains secret plans for US special forces to commence the "war on geese" as they have definitive proof that the suicide geese involved in this murderous plot were trained and supplied by Iran!

On a more serious note, pretty well any largish item ingested by a jet engine can stop it working. The tolerances involved are tiny and a bird may well be small in comparison to the plane, but it's huge when compared to the tiny gaps that the air flows through in parts of a jet turbine.

I know one guy who is a Royal Marine working with the Royal Navy's 848 Naval Air Squadron. They don't even wear their berets when around the helicopters due to the risk of them being sucked into an engine on take-off.

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