A bird is not to blame for a dent in the nose of a Northwest Airlines plane that landed in Tampa, according to federal officials. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said Tuesday that the aircraft’s fiberglass nose cone and an antenna were shipped to Minneapolis for analysis.
An FAA spokeswoman in Chicago said officials haven’t determined what caused the dent yet, but there is “definitely no evidence of a bird strike.” Bergen said the crew aboard Flight 478 from Detroit reported a loud bang Monday and then the aircraft’s radar became inoperative. The aircraft landed safely. … the crew reported the bang while flying at 18,000 feet — an altitude too high for a bird. – local6
Hmm. Ice? Meteor? Foo fighter?