Delta A320 at Omaha on Nov 19th 2022, bird strike
Last Update: October 17, 2023 / 12:30:14 GMT/Zulu time
The aircraft remained on the ground in Omaha until Jan 10th 2023, then positioned to Atlanta and is still on the ground in Atlanta on Mar 10th 2023.
On Mar 10th 2023 the NTSB reported they have opened an investigation into the occurrence rated an accident, there were no injuries, however, the aircraft received substantial damage (holes below the windshield).
On Oct 17th 2023 the NTSB released their final report and the investigation docket concluding the probable cause of the accident was:
Multiple bird strikes during descent.
The NTSB reported:
Delta Air Lines flight 2295 struck several birds while descending through 13,000 feet on approach to Eppley Airfield (OMA), Omaha, Nebraska. The bird strike occurred about 34 miles southeast of the airport, near Red Oak, Iowa, at an airspeed of 290 knots. The crew continued the approach and made a normal landing. Weather at the time of the event was night visual conditions.
Birds struck the airplane and punctured the fuselage skin in two locations on the left side; one above the cockpit windows and another near the pitot tube (see figure 1). Another bird punctured the skin on the right side of the fuselage below the cockpit window. Damage was evident to the stringers and frames at each location, and the size of the punctures in total exceeded the size of the outflow valve. The damage adversely affected the structural strength and pressurization performance and required a major repair.
The flight crew described the noise as the strike occurred as being like an “explosion.” The cabin depressurized, and the cockpit door blew open. The captain reported that the wind noise was “extreme” which made communication difficult. Soon after the strike the airplane descended though 10,000 ft and the cabin altitude matched the airplane altitude at about 9,500 ft. The crew declared an emergency, continued the approach to OMA, and landed uneventfully.
The species of birds was identified as either Snow Goose or Ross’s Goose (DNA testing could not discriminate between the two) by the Smithsonian Institution Feather Identification Laboratory. According to the FAA, there were no pilot reports of bird activity in the area near the time of the accident.
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