What hit a Boeing 757 at 30,000 feet causing this damage? A bird? That’s the word.
Delta Airlines spokeswoman Elizabeth Wolf said maintenance was evaluating the situation and that the damage was likely caused by a collision with a bird. She said the Boeing 757-200 landed safely without incident at Chicago’s Midway International Airport.
“Must’ve been a pretty big bird – a Pterodactyl maybe,” Thunder forward Nick Collison said.
Collison was watching the show “Stranger Things” when he felt the plane drop for a second like a “roller-coaster.”
“Delta flight 8935, operating from Minneapolis to Chicago-Midway as a charter flight for the Oklahoma City Thunder, likely encountered a bird while on descent into Chicago. The aircraft, a Boeing 757-200, landed safely without incident; customers have since deplaned and maintenance teams are evaluating. Safety is Delta’s top priority.”
Are there really birds at 30,000 feet?
According to mysterious world, there are. Three birds could be up that high: a Bar-headed goose, a Common crane or a Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture.
A commercial flight can travel at an altitude of 30000-40000 ft. But, some birds can easily reach such great altitude. The followings are 10 highest flying birds in the world. …
29000 feet – Bar-headed goose is a migrating bird that can ascend to a height of 29000 feet, higher than Mount Everest.
33000 feet – Common crane is the second highest flying bird in the world. They are known to fly across Himalayas at a height of 33000 meters. Common cranes are also known as Eurasian crane that live in Northern parts of Europe and Asia. The medium sized bird has a wingspan between 1.8-2.4 meters. It is a long distant migrant bird and wintering in Northern Africa. Common cranes form a large ‘V’ shape formations during migration.
37000 feet – Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture. Flying at an altitude of 37000 ft., Ruppell’s griffon vulture is the highest flying bird ever recorded. Compared to ground the presence of oxygen is very less at such a great altitude. But, Ruppell’s vulture’s body contains a special type of hemoglobin and makes the oxygen intake more effective. … Ruppell’s griffon vulture is a member of the vulture family. They have an approximate length of 1 meter and weigh between 7-9 kg. The wingspan of Ruppell’s vulture measure between 2.3-2.5 meters. They can fly at a speed of 22 mph and can stay in the air for hours. Ruppell’s vultures are scavengers. They have keen eyesight and can spot carcasses from great heights
The Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture can be 15 to 20 lbs, so that seems most likely. The only problem: they aren’t found in North America.
These high flying geese don’t appear in North America either on the range maps I found.
It will be interesting to hear what the pilots saw, if anything, as this strange story unfolds.