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Incredible photos reveal how aircraft’s nose COLLAPSED after bird flew into Turkish Airlines plane carrying 125 passengers


  • Boeing 737-800 was involved in bird-strike landing at Nevşehir in Turkey
  • Plane had 125 passengers on board, not believed to be any injuries
  • Pilot informed air traffic control, and two other planes abort landings 

These incredible photos show the damage caused by a bird strike to a passenger plane.

The Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to Nevşehir in Turkey was on approach to land when it was involved in a severe hit with a unlucky bird.

There were 125 passengers on board the Boeing 737-800, and there were not believed to be any injuries suffered on the landing on Tuesday.

The pilot relayed the incident to air traffic control, and two other flights scheduled to land had to abort and perform a go-around.

The nose cone, splattered with blood, shows extensive damage, and the aircraft was towed to a hangar for maintenance.

As the photos were shared on Twitter by @Flight-Report, users expressed their shock at the level of damage on the aircraft.

One wrote: ‘This is a donkey strike not a bird strike,’ while @annispice asked the question: ‘What was it a pterodactyl!’

Miran Zagragja was similarly surprised with the photos, writing: ‘WHAT? So big damage? Was it a dragon?’

A spokesperson for Turkish Airlines told MailOnline Travel: ‘The damage of the nose area (radome) by bird hit is a common incident on civil aeronautical operations.

‘The radome area of a plane is constructed by soft materials (composit) to minimalize the impact of such hits.

‘Therefore, such standard/normal deformation occurs as a natural result of such incidents.

‘One can also state that the critical bird hits in aviation is the ones that occur on the engine area. Any other area of the aircraft than the engine area, such as radome, wings, hull, do not pose a risk when hit by a bird.’

Back in April, an Alaska Airlines plane heading from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to San Jose, California, was forced to return to Seattle due to a bird strike.

Spokeswoman Halley Knigge (K-NIGGY) confirmed at the time that Flight 336 departed around 8.50pm and returned about 9.40pm ‘out of an abundance of caution’ for a full maintenance inspection. She said the bird strike occurred shortly after takeoff.

There were no injuries among the 112 passengers and five crew members aboard the Boeing 737.

She said the passengers were put on another plane for their flight to San Jose.


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