* The $141million ‘doomsday’ plane was landing at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland when a bird was sucked into one of its four engines
* No one was injured in the incident on October 2, but the damage amounted to at least $2million
* The engine was replaced and the aircraft was back in service
* On average, there are up to 3,000 wildlife collisions with military planes yearly
The Navy’s E-6B Mercury – designed to survive a nuclear war as a flying communications and command post- has been grounded after it hit a bird during landing.
The $141million ‘doomsday’ plane was landing at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland when a bird was sucked into one of its four engines on October 2.
No one was injured in the incident but the damage amounted to at least $2million, while Tim Boulay, a spokesman for Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, confirmed that one of the engines had to be replaced.
The Naval Safety Center labelled the incident as ‘class A’ mishap, which means it involved death, permanent disability, or aircraft destruction worth $2million or more
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Birds cause millions in damage to Navy ‘doomsday’ plane — Washington Examiner
Navy ‘Doomsday’ plane built to withstand nuclear attack grounded after striking single bird — Daily News
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