Saturday, April 19, 2008

RAAF-1, Pelican-0

This F-111 made an emergency landing after colliding head-on with a pelican at 900m. The plane was said to be going in excess of 550km/h. The pilots were hailed as heroes for their landing effort; the jet was lauded as "unstable" with the damage caused by the bird - who was sucked into an engine. There was also a hole in one of the wings, I presume by debris from the initial strike to the radome.

Inconsequently, I think "unstable" is a poor word choice, and I wouldn't give a dime for it. If the expert had said untenable, though ... easily 50 cents.

Link. via Neatorama

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