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As you'd expect, aircraft components are built to tolerate such impacts. You can see web videos of bird carcasses being fired from a sort of chicken-cannon to test the resistance of windshields, intakes, and so forth.feedback
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This page is completely dedicated to what Patrick Smith has to say. All of Patrick Smith’s quotes are organized here by date and topic. The most recent quote attributed to Patrick Smith came from an article called How common are bird strikes - and could they bring down a passenger jet?: “Birds don't clog an engine but can bend or fracture the internal blades, causing power loss. The heavier the bird, the greater the potential for harm. Flying at 250 knots (the maximum allowable below 10,000 feet, where most birds are found) hitting an average-sized goose will subject the plane to an impact force of over 50,000 pounds. Even small birds pose a threat if struck en masse. In 1960, an Eastern Airlines turboprop went down in Boston after an encounter with a flock of starlings.”.
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Jun 12 2017

If you're informed about a landing gear issue, pressurization problem, engine trouble, or the need for a precautionary landing, do not construe this to be a lifeor-death situation. It's virtually always something minor - though you'll be kept in the loop anyway. With even an outside chance of an evacuation in mind, you have to be kept in the loop.feedback

May 30 2017

The magnitude of the accident speaks for itself, but what makes it particularly unforgettable is the startling set of ironies and coincidences that preceded it.feedback

Mar 03 2017

These smaller jets must circle or, if need be, land overweight. For some planes, landing and takeoff limits are the same, in which case it doesn't matter.feedback

Mar 03 2017

We took off from New York once and we had a medical issue on board that was becoming more serious by the minute.feedback

Mar 03 2017

The maximum weight for takeoff is often considerably greater than the maximum weight for landing. This is the case for a few reasons, the obvious ones being that touching down puts higher stresses on an airframe than taking off, and heavy-weight landings require a very high touchdown speed, which makes stopping more problematic.feedback

Mar 03 2017

We were in the air again within a few hours.feedback

Mar 03 2017

Generally dumping happens at a high enough altitude for it to dissipate – it doesn't reach the ground in liquid form or come raining down on people. It sounds terrible but one way or another that fuel is going into the atmosphere.feedback

Sep 28 2012 - Al-Qaeda

I don't think it is the end of al-Shabaab. I think they are retreating from Mogadishu, they will change tactics and strategy to a more guerrilla mode, they will change into civilian clothes, and they will still be a potent force.feedback

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