Plane leaving RSW turns around, bird thought to be culprit
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Fort Myers, Fla. - With more than 100 passengers on board, flight 507 to St. Louis was forced to turn around and land back at RSW. A spokesman from Southwest airlines tells us there was an engine problem, and so far indications seem to point to a bird hitting the plane.
Pilots like Captain Michael Moody say it happens more often than most think
"bird strikes happen quite a bit. The good news is that generally they're fairly benign, that they don't do significant damage to the airplane, and theres no threat to safe operation of the airplane"
Something Moody says he's familiar with, presonally.
"we were coming in for approach, and we noticed some birds on the ground that lifted off... So we continued the landing and we ended up having I think it was about three bird strikes"
At Southwest International airport several techniques are used to ward off birds including a full time border collie named sky, as well as fireworks. At RSW bird strikes occurr an average of 31 times a year, but less than three of those actually result in damage. Moody tells me,
"We usually win that battle. We don't look forward to the fight, but sometimes it happens"