News Plane incidents — 17 November 2017

This high flier was really stuck on flying American.

Flight 1498 from Mexico City was approaching Miami at around 11 a.m. Tuesday when a large bird smashed into the aircraft and became lodged in the nose, WPLG Local 10 reported.

The Airbus A319 landed without incident and was able to taxi to the gate. No injuries were reported.

Birds often hit planes, but rarely remain glued to the aircraft.

“It is true that we deal with bird strikes, that does happen, but never like this,” an American Airlines employee told Local 10 News of the Tuesday incident.

Animal services workers were called to retrieve the dead stowaway from the aircraft, which was taken to a maintenance facility for repairs.

According to a 2016 study, the Federal Aviation Administration said there were more than 160,000 bird strikes reported in the US from 1990-2015, with the majority occurring during landing.

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