Bird remains stuck in plane's nose cone after crash

The lifeless bird was still embedded in the aircraft upon landing


An American Airlines plane landed with an unfortunate bird stuck in its nose cone on Tuesday.

The flight from Mexico City was coming into land at Miami International Airport at around 11am local time on Tuesday when the bird smashed into the plane's radome, the nose cone that protects the aircraft's radar system.

See also: Bird strike leaves hole in wing of Southwest Airlines plane

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The flight managed to land safely and taxied to the gate. Animal experts were then called to remove the bird from the plane, reports the Daily Mail.

A number of photos were taken and shared online of the bird embedded in the plane before it was removed.

According to Fox News, a statement said: "The flight landed safely and taxied to the gate. The aircraft was taken out of service, and our maintenance team repaired the radome.

"The aircraft was repaired, and returned to scheduled service."

Bird strikes are a relatively common occurrence in aviation, with over 160,000 instances reported from 1990 to 2015. But it is unusual to see the bird still stuck in a plane on the tarmac.

Back in 2015, a Jet2 plane travelling to Manchester from Barcelona was forced to make an emergency landing at Manchester Airport after a bird was reportedly sucked into one of its engines - causing flames to appear.

Passengers on the plane described hearing banging noises and said they could see flames coming from the engine.

And, in March 2016, an Egyptair plane was left with a large hole in the nose cone after it hit a bird during landing at Heathrow Airport.

Pictures of the damage emerged online and show a rather gruesome bloody dent on the plane.

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