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Passenger plane makes emergency landing after bird strike near Dodger Stadium

A Horizon Air turboprop with 73 passengers aboard made an emergency landing Monday at Los Angeles International Airport after a bird strike near Dodger Stadium damaged the right wing and a fuel tank, federal officials said.

Flight 306 from Redding to Los Angeles touched down safely around 2 p.m. after a collision with a bird or birds at an altitude of about 6,600 feet, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Gregor said the damage to the twin-engine Bombardier DASH-8 was so severe the incident is being classified as an accident and will be investigated by the FAA.

Federal records released last year show that between 1990 and November 2008 there were more than 112,000 reports of birds or other animals hitting aircraft. At LAX, aircraft struck reptiles, birds and mammals 940 times during that time period, according to the data.

--Dan Weikel

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Blame the McCourts...

Flying reptiles? Like Teradactals?

I have to know when and under what circumstances any aircraft flying out of LAX has collided with a reptile or mammal. HUH?!

Reptiles? PTERODACTYL!!!!!!!!!

Yes, LA Times, find out how airplanes at LAX hit reptiles and mammals. Are they referring to lizards and rodents simply being run over by tires on the taxiways or incidents in the air?

Runways at most airports are open fields that attract wildlife. LAX has abundant rabbits. They are all deaf.

At my airline, pilots periodically reported striking them, or squatting birds on takeoff. Ingesting them into an engine is problematic. A DC-10 in Anchorage crashed after taking off through a flock of geese.

And at night, with cabin doors open and the lights on, critters are attracted and enter the planes. It has happened. (I worked at 2 airlines).


How about during takeoffs and landings. HUH?! (FYI: Airplanes often start and end their journeys on the ground.)

No flying reptiles or mammals; mostly turtles and cats on takeoffs and landings. Could present a prolem if a turtle got kicked up by the gear and ended up in an engine.

What the hell are these birds eating?

It's Obamas Fault. Says Fox news.

I can see the possibility of a plane running over a snake or a rabbit that happens to be on the runway. Does this count as a "aircraft strike" by the FAA or FOD damage?

Did anyone else notice an American Airlines arrival accompanied by a small jet escort just off the pilot side wing as it made approach to LAX yesterday (Mon 11/8) about 5PM? What was that about?

@josowski: Good one! I laughed out loud and you won't be penalized for spelling.

This happened to me 6 years ago taking off from LAX at midnight. The engine proceeded to catch on fire. It was the scariest thing that has ever happened to me.

Last time I heard, we there are no alligators living around LAX.

As a result, a practical question: How do pilots or ground personnel know that planes are striking "reptiles"? Why is anyone taking the time and money to keep track?

I bet the unidentified flying projectile and the unidentified "birds" are from the same source. Aliens.


Did anyone see the passenger jet being escorted into LAX yesterday around 5pm??

Fighter jet 200 feet off the left wing tip as plane passed over west LA.

Nothing in the news???

Many bird strikes take place on runways — startled birds swarm aloft at the sound of an approaching plane. Quite a lot happen at altitudes below a few thousand feet and are especially dangerous if they fracture the cockpit windows or cause an engine to flameout just when the power is most critical for takeoff. Birds usually don't fly much higher in urban areas.

I was always amazed in Europe by the herds of rabbits near airfields. Paris was the worst I had seen, with Scotland not much better. The animals get whacko at night, being blinded by landing lights on the planes.


I'm reading this sitting here at Salt Lake City airport. On the flight in, my seatmate pointed to an interesting sight out the window. A jet airplane flying alongside us, then suddenly, what looked like a fighter jet zipped in between us. Would love to know what all that was about.

snakes on a plane!

I saw the escorted plan over LA yesterday. Is it related to the mystery missile?

I witnessed its approach to runway 24. My house is 2 mins from LAX and heard this weird engine sound that I've never heard and read this news...ah. Bingo!


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