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Incredible photos reveal how aircraft’s nose COLLAPSED after bird flew into Turkish Airlines plane carrying 125 passengers
Boeing 737-800 was involved in bird-strike landing at Nevşehir in Turkey
Plane had 125 passengers on board, not believed to be any injuries
Pilot informed air traffic control, and two other planes abort landings
By JOHN HUTCHINSON FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 14:47, 6 May 2015 | UPDATED: 15:39, 6 May 2015
These incredible photos show the damage caused by a bird strike to a passenger plane.
The Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to Nevşehir in Turkey was on approach to land when it was involved in a severe hit with a unlucky bird.
There were 125 passengers on board the Boeing 737-800, and there were not believed to be any injuries suffered on the landing on Tuesday.
The nose cone was flattened by a sever bird strike as the plane landed at Nevşehir in Turkey
The extent of the damage has surprised many after the photos were posted on Twitter
The pilot relayed the incident to air traffic control, and two other flights scheduled to land had to abort and perform a go-around.
The nose cone, splattered with blood, shows extensive damage, and the aircraft was towed to a hangar for maintenance.
As the photos were shared on Twitter by @Flight-Report, users expressed their shock at the level of damage on the aircraft.
One wrote: ‘This is a donkey strike not a bird strike,’ while @annispice asked the question: ‘What was it a pterodactyl!’
Miran Zagragja was similarly surprised with the photos, writing: ‘WHAT? So big damage? Was it a dragon?’
A spokesperson for Turkish Airlines told MailOnline Travel: ‘The damage of the nose area (radome) by bird hit is a common incident on civil aeronautical operations.
‘The radome area of a plane is constructed by soft materials (composit) to minimalize the impact of such hits.
‘Therefore, such standard/normal deformation occurs as a natural result of such incidents.
‘One can also state that the critical bird hits in aviation is the ones that occur on the engine area. Any other area of the aircraft than the engine area, such as radome, wings, hull, do not pose a risk when hit by a bird.’
The wing of the Boeing 737-800 was also badly damaged when the plane was hit by a bird-strike
Despite the bird-strike, the plane landed safely on the runway and there are not thought to be any injuries to the 145 passengers on board
Back in April, an Alaska Airlines plane heading from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to San Jose, California, was forced to return to Seattle due to a bird strike.
Spokeswoman Halley Knigge (K-NIGGY) confirmed at the time that Flight 336 departed around 8.50pm and returned about 9.40pm ‘out of an abundance of caution’ for a full maintenance inspection. She said the bird strike occurred shortly after takeoff.
There were no injuries among the 112 passengers and five crew members aboard the Boeing 737.
She said the passengers were put on another plane for their flight to San Jose.
In March, a passenger recorded video of the terrifying moment flames shot out of a Lufthansa plane’s engine after striking a flock of birds off the coast of Lebanon.
The bird strike occurred moments after the Airbus A321 took off from Beirut’s international airport en route to Frankfurt.
The plane was carrying 144 passengers when it lost power in one of its two engines and was forced to turn around and make an emergency landing in Beirut.
A Lufthansa spokesman told MailOnline Travel at the time: ‘The aircraft landed safe and all passengers left the aircraft over the normal stairs.
‘All passengers have been offered hotel accommodation and were rebooked on other airlines and on our scheduled daily services.’