How and where did the plane collide with the fish?
17.10.2022 (00:00)

It's hard to believe that this story isn't the plot of a new tiktok video or your grandfather's story. On the morning of September 10, McDeal Air Force Base Wildlife Conservation Manager Lindsey Garven was called to search the airstrip for a dead bird. Shortly before this, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Gulfstream G-IV medium turbofan twin-engine aircraft aborted its takeoff due to a bird strike.

The bird could not be found, but instead Lindsey found something else, further quote: “I found a fish on the airstrip,” she says. “It’s unexpected and comical, but it’s true.” Garven took the fish, which turned out to be a 23 cm sheephead, and took DNA samples from the body of the plane. She then sent the samples to the Smithsonian Institution and after 2 weeks received a report that they belonged to a sheep head. “This is the first time we've seen a fish strike at our base,” Garven says with a smile. Only one such case has been recorded in the history of aviation.

In 1987, an Alaska Airlines flight collided with fish, delaying it by an hour. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen sent a request to a common database containing hundreds of cases of aircraft collisions with wildlife. Aircraft collided with pigeons, woodpeckers, elks and horses. But there are no fish on this list. The pilots and base personnel believe that, most likely, a bald eagle feasted on this fish somewhere near the airfield, which, fleeing from a take-off plane, released it in the air from its beak. Since 1987, 10 bird species have caused more than $500 million in losses to US military aircraft.