Shocking pictures have emerged from inside the cabin of a plane after the propeller penetrated the cabin from a bird strike. The images of the South African Airlink Jetstream 41 show significant internal damage as the damaged propeller pierced the fuselage.
The images, which were tweeted by Breaking Aviation News & Videos show significant internal damage and debris from the propeller which appears to have penetrated the fuselage after becoming damaged from a birdstrike.
The South African Airline Jetstream 41 was apparently on final approach to the Venetia Mine Airport in South Africa when it experienced a birdstrike incident. It’s unclear from initial reporting if the plane was carrying any passengers, although no injuries were reported by Breaking Aviation News & Videos.
Bird strikes are a real and common threat to airplanes the most notable incident being the strike that resulted in the downing of a plane piloted by Captain Sullenberger was forced to land his plane in the Hudson River after suffering catastrophic damage from birds.
According to the FAA around 8,000 bird strikes occur each year and remain a difficult and serious problem for airports. Recently an Amsterdam airport decided to deploy pigs in their battle to reduce the chances of bird strikes at AMS airport. They’d previously tried lasers, nets and alternate grass types in a failed effort to rid the area of birds.