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Pilot blinded in bird strike

from FLYING Magazine

The pilot of a Glasair Sportsman GS-2 was temporarily blinded after his aircraft took a direct hit from a wedge-tailed eagle at 5,500 feet. Wedge-tailed eagles typically weigh between seven and eight pounds. The incident, reported by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, serves as another reminder of the substantial damage and adverse effects to an aircraft's performance and handling qualities that can result from a bird strike. more


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