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TangoWhiskey
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« on: April 12, 2012, 12:16:24 PM »

A Federal Express (Fedex) McDonnell Douglas MD-11 freighter, registration N628FE performing flight FX-1427 from Memphis,TN to Austin,TX (USA) with 4 crew, was climbing through 9000 feet out of Memphis' runway 18R, when the crew reported a "major bird strike" by about 15 to 20 birds requiring the flight to return to the field. The crew reported they'd be landing heavy and requested runway 18C for the return.

The FAA reported the aircraft received minor damage to the horizontal stabilizer.

A replacement MD-11 registration N585FE reached Austin with a delay of 4:15 hours.

Audio with MEM Approach:  http://archive-server.liveatc.net/kmem/KMEM-Mar-01-2012-1000Z.mp3

Audio notes:  FX 1427 heavy checks in at 02:00; declares the bird strike at 04:33, is switched over to tower at 15:45 on the visual to 18C (longest runway).  The Tower archive has them checking in, but the audio quality is really weak.

Pictures:

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TangoWhiskey
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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2012, 12:17:04 PM »

Additional pictures.  They came close to ingesting...

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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2012, 12:32:52 PM »

ooooooooooh! That does not look good at all! Great job by the crew...
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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2012, 04:29:43 PM »

Excellent catch (photos and audio - not the poor birds...)!

Additional pictures.  They came close to ingesting...

Wow. And they were really only 'close to ingestion'? They were still incredibly lucky then. Or maybe the engines still ingested a few without taking damage?
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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2012, 11:29:22 AM »

The FAA reported the aircraft received minor damage to the horizontal stabilizer.

Hmmmm, yeah, oh wait no I don't see the horizontal stabilizer here... Nice try FAA !
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« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2012, 09:59:04 AM »

WOW.....
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« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2012, 11:55:29 AM »

so Wat are going to do with this plane?
do the a repair job on this one?  rolleyes
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« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2012, 05:28:51 PM »

I wondered the same thing. How much damage does it take to classify a plane as being beyond the point of repair?
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« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2012, 06:04:43 PM »

I wondered the same thing. How much damage does it take to classify a plane as being beyond the point of repair?

that's up the ones who are paying for the repairs...the insurance company.
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« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2012, 12:32:05 PM »

My guess is they will repair it and return her to service. I do not think the structural integrity of the airframe has been compromised. 
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« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2012, 01:20:39 PM »

I thought so too, but I read somewhere on the Internet (FS24 forum?, not sure). that the MD-11 parts are hard to get, and that parts got more expensive.

i really hope that the are going to fix this plane...  i fly allot with klm MD-11 as a passenger.,, i love this type of plane
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« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2012, 01:59:16 PM »

Is the audio still available? I get a 404 not found when clicking on the link above.
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« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2012, 11:04:48 PM »

As did I.
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« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2012, 03:07:51 PM »

Is the audio still available? I get a 404 not found when clicking on the link above.

wondering the same thing...

can the OP please re-upload the audio? ThankS!


That is one of the nastiest bird strike I've seen in many years..... Sad  Glad the plane landed safely. Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2012, 10:47:11 PM »

Can anyone attach the archive clip to this post? It's been deleted from archives now!

Thanks!
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