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What banged the nose of NW Flight 478 at 18000 ft

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posted on Jul, 9 2008 @ 04:24 PM
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The Tampa Tribune reports, “The Northwest flight was descending (July 6, 2008) into Tampa International Airport at an altitude of 18,000 feet when the flight crew heard a ‘bang’ and then found the radar inoperative, said Kathleen Bergen of FAA Southern Region headquarters in Atlanta. Bergen said, ‘The crew did not report a bird strike, but did tell ATC [air traffic control] that the radome collapsed. The crew suspected a radome issue and slowed speed.’ ... Photographs of the dent on Northwest Flight 478 reveal a symmetrical circular pattern, but there is no sign of blood, which often is present after a bird strike. Also, the damage did not resemble the irregular pattern that lightning can cause on a radome.” The plane was repaired for Monday, July 7, 2008, service.




Radar damage picture indicates it hit a circular object..




posted on Jul, 9 2008 @ 04:34 PM
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On tv, they did say it was a bird. It happens.



posted on Jul, 9 2008 @ 04:40 PM
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Maybe it was Ruppel vulture 37000 feet >>
www.weirdspot.com...



posted on Jul, 9 2008 @ 05:28 PM
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The bar-headed goose can be found at close to 30,000 ft.



posted on Jul, 9 2008 @ 05:42 PM
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worst damage from birds can be seen in these pictures. no mystery here sorry.




posted on Jul, 10 2008 @ 11:33 AM
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reply to post by beastamerica
 


Neither of those pics is of the NW flight.



posted on Jul, 10 2008 @ 11:39 AM
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Birds can cause that much damage. Amazing.



posted on Jul, 10 2008 @ 11:41 AM
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I've had aircraft come back with paint stripped off, and the leading edge of their tail covered in small dents from flying through rain at altitude. A small piece of hail, a drop of rain, or a bird can do a LOT of damage at the speed they fly at.



posted on Jul, 10 2008 @ 12:29 PM
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i think people are failing to notice this part of the statement.
"a symmetrical circular pattern, but there is no sign of blood, which often is present after a bird strike."

this needs to be inspected further.



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