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 Most of the time they’re inconsequential, occasionally they can cause a lot of damage, but things could have been especially catastrophic on Monday when a bird strike caused an A-10C Thunderbolt II to accidentally release three bombs over Florida. Thankfully, they were just dummies designed for trainings.

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

Curated via Twitter from Gizmodo’s twitter account….

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 officials suspect 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.

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.

Most of the time they’re inconsequential, occasionally they can cause a lot of damage, but things could have been especially catastrophic on Monday when a bird strike caused an A-10C Thunderbolt II to accidentally release three bombs over Florida.

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