Planespotter Captures Birdstrike

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Stefan Sonnenberg
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Some days just don't go as planned and the crew of this Germania Airlines Boeing 737 was having one of those days on Wednesday. The Daily Mail says 200 starlings were ingested by the right engine of the aircraft as it took off from Dusseldorf bound to Kosovo. There were 80 people on board. Planespotter Juergen Kienast said the engine pitch immediately changed as the crew continued the takeoff.

The Daily Mail said the aircraft circled for 45 minutes before landing uneventfully. It characterized the damage to the airplane as "minor" although Germania might disagree when it gets the bill for the engine. There were, of course, no injuries among the 80 passengers and crew on board.