Watch How A Bird Strike Can Cause The Pilots To Eject From The Aircraft [CT-155 Hawk]
Have you ever thought about how much damage can a bird strike do to an aircraft? Thanks to the following video, you can witness how serious it is and how much damage a bird strike can do.
Now the title of the video says it is from an F-16 fighter, but that is not true. This cockpit footage was recorded actually in a BAE Systems Hawk trainer aircraft assigned to NATO flying training Canada and it is a British-made aircraft.
This incident happened on the 14th of May in 2004. The aircraft was on a training mission involving a UK Royal Air Force crew in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
Even big bomber aircraft like B-52 can be brought down by bird strikes. So for a single-engine fighter trainer like CT-155, a bird strike is very dangerous. The aircraft suffered an engine failure due to avian ingestion as a result of the bird strike and if you watch the video, you can hear the 2 pilots are trying to re-start the engine. When they realize it is not possible the only option they do have is to eject from the aircraft and leave it in free fall.
That’s what the 2 pilots are doing exactly. Capt John Hutt from the Canadian air force and RAF Flt Lt Edward Morris eject moments before the aircraft hits a nearby field. Although it was a close call, both pilots survived the situation. You can watch the following video to experience this situation from the Pilot’s point of view.