This plane was to survive a nuclear attack, and it was overcome by … birds

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Expensive incident.

Boeing E-6B Mercury are command, communications and retransmission aircraft for radio signals that are used by the United States Navy to communicate with nuclear submarines, ballistic missile carriers, and land nuclear forces. Interestingly, these machines are designed so that they can perform their functions even in the event of a nuclear attack. However, as it turned out, recently one of them had to land prematurely due to the most ordinary birds in the world.

The incident occurred on October 2, during a flight involving a so-called procedure "Touch over him". It involves the wheels of the aircraft touching the airport runway, and then immediately picking it up for the flight. Then the Boeing E-6B Mercury collided with unidentified birds that destroyed one of the aircraft's four engines.

The incident was classified in class A of unfortunate accidents. This class includes events that caused losses of $ 2 million, death or permanent disability. Fortunately, the plane accident only caused financial losses. The Boeing E-6B Mercury managed to successfully land at the NAS Pax River Air Base in Maryland.

The plane returned to service very quickly, because its engine had already been replaced, but it does not change the fact that it is a bit funny that the vehicle, which is to operate during the nuclear war, did not cope with birds. Unfortunately, birds still cause aviation problems around the world. Despite the various solutions implemented, for example, systems that repel birds from airports, there are several thousand cases of aviation incidents involving these animals each year. To this day, no aircraft engines have been created that the birds could not damage.

It is worth noting that the Mercury Boeing E-6B in question was not the first to have to land after an accident with a bird crash. Another experienced the same last year. As you can see, even if anyone has a plane that should survive a nuclear war, birds are something to be always feared in space.

Source: Live science