Wednesday, July 10, 2019

A Bird Strike Caused an Air Force Plane to Accidentally Drop Three Training Bombs on Florida


 
 



According to the
 
FAA
 
over 14,000 bird strikes happen every year at US airports. Most of the time they’re inconsequential, occasionally they can  
 
 
but things could have been especially catastrophic on Monday when a bird strike caused an A-10C Thunderbolt II to  
 
 
over Florida. Thankfully, they were just dummies designed for trainings.

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According to the  
 
 
the incident happened in the early afternoon on July 1, about 54 miles southwest of 
 
 
base during a routine training mission. How exactly the bird strike caused the Thunderbolt II to release part of its payload is unknown, but the munition was a trio of 25-pound BDU-33 training bombs which are designed to simulate 500-pound M1a-82 bombs which would have resulted in a much different ending to this incident.
The BDU-33 is a 25-pound dummy bomb designed to stand in for the real thing during training exercises.Photo: 
 
Moody Air Force Base

Due to the unplanned release (and the lack of explosion upon impact) the Air Force isn’t sure of the exact location of where the training bombs landed, but  
 
they’re “...in the general vicinity of 2 kilometers west of Highway 129 near Suwannee Springs.” The base is also warning the public not to handle the bombs if found, because while inert, they are equipped with a small pyrotechnic charge and could still be dangerous. If located, the public is being asked to  
 
with details of the exact location, and to ensure others don’t approach the munitions until they’re recovered.







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