757 vs. Bird. The Plane Wins.

By Deane Barker on May 14, 2007

ThomsonFly 757 bird strike & flames captured on video: Remarkable video of a 757 that ingests a bird at what I always thought was the most critical part of a takeoff — just after the wheels leave the ground and the plane is trying to gain altitude. The starboard engine flames out, and the plane is left to climb on one engine.

I always thought this was certain doom for a jetliner, but apparently not. The plane continues to climb, but immediately signals mayday and circles around for an emergency landing. Kudos to the air and ground crews who stay cool as ice throughout the entire thing.



  1. I think it’s more likely for a bird strike to affect the plane while it is landing. Jet engines undergo bird strike tests – they literally drop dead birds into jet engines running vertical to the ground (unmounted to aircraft). ;)

  2. This is exactly the scenario that air crews train for constantly and these guys handled it perfectly. All multi-engine airplanes are required to be able to take off and return for landing after an engine fails, although some do it better than others. There is actually a speed (called decision speed or V2) that is reached while the plane is still on the runway, beyond which the pilot is committed to takeoff, even with an engine failure.

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