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PICTURES: Bird-struck Ryanair 737 extensively damaged

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Images of the removal of the Ryanair Boeing 737-800 crippled by a bird-strike at Rome Ciampino reveal the severity of the damage, which extends to the rear fuselage.


The scale of the recovery effort meant the airport remained closed for about 36 hours after the 10 November accident


Images of the 737 being lifted onto a low-loader transport show that the underside of the rear fuselage sustained abrasion damage consistent with contact with the runway.


There also appears to be upper-surface wing damage above the left-hand main landing-gear, which buckled during the landing.


Italian investigators say that Ryanair flight FR4102 from Frankfurt Hahn struck a large flock of birds during its approach, although there were only minor injuries among the 172 passengers and crew on board.






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might be birdstrike that cause it, but all that damage is consistant with a very hard landing! one where the speed was to low, resulting in the tailstrike and hard impact with the runway, weather this was a result of engine failure after the bird ingestion, or pilots being distracted. who knows.



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Ryanair B737 crash lands in Ciampino after a birdstrike David Cenciotti’s weblog - the most visited Italian Aviation Blog


"The aircraft, carrying 166 passengers, was fully established on the ILS when it impacted multiples birds, some of which were sucked by the engines. As a consequence, the aircraft performed an emergency landing at the end of which, it overshoot the runway. As soon as the pilot steered the aircraft back in the runway the left main landing gear, that had been substantially damaged, collapsed and the B737 came to a rest on the left engine nacelle."



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