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Eagle strikes plane at Centennial Airport

6:12 PM, Dec 7, 2012   |    comments
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9NEWS has learned that an eagle broke the windshield of a Cessna 172 upon landing at around 12:30 Friday.

The FAA said the pilot suffered a minor cut to the face, but was treated and released.

A Cessna 172 is a single engine, fixed-wing aircraft. The aircraft is registered to Aviation Training LLC.

Since 1990, Centennial Airport has seen 108 wildlife strikes on airplanes, according to the FAA.

In the entire U.S., only 166 eagles have made contact with a plane since 1990, when the FAA started keeping track of wildlife strikes.

Denver International Airport has reported 4,121 wildlife strikes of airplanes since 1994. This year, there are 406 reports of bird and wildlife strikes at DIA.

WILDLIFE STRIKES TO CIVIL AIRCRAFT IN THE UNITED STATES


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