A bird strike destroyed a Boeing airplane’s nose as it landed at London’s Heathrow Airport this week, according to reports.
The EgyptAir passenger plane’s nose was smashed in and smeared with the bird’s blood.
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The pilots managed to safely land the flight, which was traveling from Cairo with 71 passengers on board, according to Egyptian newspaper Ahram Online.
It is assumed that the bird died during the accident.
EgyptAir Senior Procurement Specialist Amir Hashim posted photos of the plane on Facebook. “The damage caused is clearly evident and SU-GDZ will be grounded until a new radome is fitted. Now, who has a spare?” he captioned.
The International Civil Aviation Organization said last year that there’s a greater number of hazards posed by wildlife to planes. “Due to growing traffic, comprised of greater numbers of quieter aircrafts, and the increase in wildlife populations, greater effort is required to control and monitor wildlife movements on and within the vicinity of airports,” it said.