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This Is What Happens When A Flock Of Birds Flies Into A Plane's Nose

It's not known if any of the birds survived.

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On Tuesday this Turkish Airlines plane collided with a flock of birds and the result was quite dramatic.

The airline told BuzzFeed News that the Boeing 737-800 was flying from Istanbul to Nevşehir when the incident occurred.
Twitter: @flight_report

The airline told BuzzFeed News that the Boeing 737-800 was flying from Istanbul to Nevşehir when the incident occurred.

The Flight-Report website first shared the images earlier this week.

In an email statement, Dr. Ali Genc, senior vice president of media relations for the airline, told BuzzFeed News that damage to a plane’s nose, or radome, by birds is a common incident in civil aeronautical operations, and that the radome area is constructed of soft materials "to minimalize the impact of such hits”. “Therefore," he said, "such standard/normal deformation occurs as a natural result of such incidents." He added that "the critical bird hits in aviation" are those that occur in the engine area, and that hits on any other area – e.g. the radome, wings, hull etc – do not pose the same risk.
Twitter: @flight_report

In an email statement, Dr. Ali Genc, senior vice president of media relations for the airline, told BuzzFeed News that damage to a plane’s nose, or radome, by birds is a common incident in civil aeronautical operations, and that the radome area is constructed of soft materials "to minimalize the impact of such hits”.

“Therefore," he said, "such standard/normal deformation occurs as a natural result of such incidents."

He added that "the critical bird hits in aviation" are those that occur in the engine area, and that hits on any other area – e.g. the radome, wings, hull etc – do not pose the same risk.

The Turkish Airlines plane is reported to have landed safely on Tuesday, with none of the passengers on board injured.

And Flight-Report said on Wednesday that the plane had been repaired and was back in the air.

Follow-up on #TK2004 TC-JHE which suffered a #birdstrike ytd, plane is now fixed & back in the air! @flightradar24

Richard James is the News Director for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.

Contact Richard James at richard.james@buzzfeed.com.

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