I’ve been on board an American Airlines Boeing 737 flight which suffered a bird strike during climb out from Dallas – Fort Worth airport. A loud bang was heard inside the cabin, and the captain came on announcing we’d be returning to DFW. We were given the most direct route into the airport I’d ever seen, and everyone held their breath until we were on the ground (even though we still had one good engine). We stopped at a remote part of the aircraft for inspection before being allowed to taxi under our own power back to the gate.
On Saturday an American Airlines Boeing 737 MAX managed to stop itself after a bird strike while accelerating during its takeoff roll Saint Vincent, as aircraft N339SU prepared for a trip to Miami.
Numerous plane spotters were filming the takeoff from runway 22 as the crew rejected takeoff and managed to stop the aircraft prior to reaching the end of the runway.
American sent a replacement Boeing 737-800 and passengers reached Miami about 28 hours late. The occurrence aircraft remains on the ground in Kingstown, scheduled to depart late for Miami today at 12:14 p.m.
After MCAS and electrical issues, anything that happens to a Boeing 737 MAX feels related even when it clearly isn’t – bird strikes happen all the time to all manner of aircraft. In fact given the potential severity of a bird strike, and how common they are, it’s surprising there hasn’t been greater priority to design solutions which eliminate the problem. Are we, perpaps, too complacent about its inevitability?