|A RAF A400M suffered bird strike mid-flight. Photo: @breakingavnews|
A Royal Air Force Airbus A400M military jet has been damaged following a bird strike on the fuselage.
This incident took place while the military transporter was operating at Getafe Air Base, Spain on June 24th 2020.
The bird struck on the A400M fuselage just below the cockpit mid-flight, leaving the transporter punctured with a huge hole.
Pictures shared on the internet show the unlucky bird’s blood and feathers both inside and outside the A400M flightdeck along with a large hole on the fuselage.
|The bird’s blood and feather was seen in and out of the flightdeck. Photo: @breakingavnews|
No one, apart from the unlucky bird was injured in the incident and the aircraft landed safely.
The A400M Atlas has been part of the RAF since November, 2014. Currently, Royal Air Force has 20 A400M aircraft in service along with further 22 on order.
The Airbus A400M Atlas is specifically designed four-engine military transport aircraft, designed by Airbus Military which is used in German, French and Spanish Air Forces.
The A400M is positioned between the C-130 and the Boeing C-17. It can carry heavier loads than the C-130.
It is widely used in cargo and troop transportation, as well as medical evacuation transport. Along with the transport role, the A400M can perform aerial refueling and medical evacuation when fitted with appropriate equipment.
|The Airbus A400M is widely used in cargo and troop transport. Photo: Airbus Defense|
As of now, 88 Airbus A400M aircraft are delivered to operators in Europe along with Royal Malaysian Air Force. A total of 174 A400M have been ordered.
An Airbus A400M airlifter has been involved in a bird strike earlier than this incident.
Earlier this year in May, the same aircraft model which was in service with the Spanish Air Force was damaged by a flying bird whilst flying near Madrid.
|Earlier in May, a Spanish Air Force A400M also suffered bird strike. Photo: @breakingavnews|
No injuries were reported, but the aircraft suffered significant damage near the lower shaft of the body. (As seen in the image above)
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