On 02/18/2008 Delta Air Lines flight 1877, a McDonnell Douglas MD-88 (N935DL), reported a bird strike while decent into Austin, Texas. FAA reported that an inspection after landing revealed substantial damage to the aircraft. (Report)
Today I optained several photos and a small report from a passenger on this flight. Thanks again!
The damage can be clearly seen on the pictures below. The collision with the bird caused a huge hole in the nose of the McDonnell Douglas MD-88.
The bird strike felt like the front landing gear suddenly dropped – we felt a slight jolt and then the captain came on the PA and nonchalantly (to his credit) told us that we’d just hit a bird and that we’d be continuing our descent and land in about 10 minutes. The only inkling I had that it might have been a big deal was when I noticed that we landed far away from everything and two huge firetrucks raced to either side of the plane.