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It was a ufo! I saw it on the Internet. Has to be true.
To be honest I've been thinking some sort of meteor ? space junk? Two points of 'luck" ? One, whatever it was didn't hit just a few feet farther up, at the windshield. And two...whatever it was..wasn't rigid / hard enough to punch through the fuselage.
 

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I think there are less than a handful of birds on the planet that fly > 28,000 feet...and without blood that's pretty amazing!
No way it was a bird at 30,000 ft. Perhaps they hit one when decending to a lower altitude but I doubt a bird could do such damage without leaving some traces. As odd as it seems, perhaps they hit a meteorite.
 

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No way it was a bird at 30,000 ft. Perhaps they hit one when decending to a lower altitude but I doubt a bird could do such damage without leaving some traces. As odd as it seems, perhaps they hit a meteorite.
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The two highest-flying bird species on record are the endangered Ruppell's griffon vulture, which has beenspotted flying at 37,000 feet (the same height as a coasting commercial airplane), and the bar-headed goose, which has been seen flying over the Himalayas at heights of nearly 28,000 feet
 
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Actually...

griffon vulture

The two highest-flying bird species on record are the endangered Ruppell's griffon vulture, which has been spotted flying at 37,000 feet (the same height as a coasting commercial airplane), and the bar-headed goose, which has been seen flying over the Himalayas at heights of nearly 28,000 feet
Hmm,neither of those birds are known to live in MN, WI, or IL. Maybe the aircraft took an extended detour on its way from MN to IL? :)

Griffon vulture - Wikipedia
Bar-headed goose - Wikipedia
 

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How fast was the plane traveling? Fact is a small pebble, traveling at 560mph, can do severe damage to aluminum - even steel - so it is possible however unlikely, that a bird or something else could actually cause that kind of damage at cruising speed.
 

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How fast was the plane traveling? Fact is a small pebble, traveling at 560mph, can do severe damage to aluminum - even steel - so it is possible however unlikely, that a bird or something else could actually cause that kind of damage at cruising speed.
I hear what you're saying but....wouldn't a pebble act more like a bullet, and penetrate the skin ?

I mean what ever it was reversed the shape of damn near the entire nose, And keep in mind that a dome is one of the strongest shapes/designs.
 

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Cruise speed for a commercial jet at 30,000 feet is 500+ mph so even a small bird weighting a couple of pounds would do serious damage.
 

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get a forensics guy to take a few samples off the front of that thing,,, problem solved. they probably already know anyways but just don't want the public to freak out and start taking the train. :scared2:
 

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Actually...

griffon vulture

The two highest-flying bird species on record are the endangered Ruppell's griffon vulture, which has beenspotted flying at 37,000 feet (the same height as a coasting commercial airplane), and the bar-headed goose, which has been seen flying over the Himalayas at heights of nearly 28,000 feet
Wow! Thanks for the education. I had no idea any birds could fly at such an altitude. How do they stay warm at such altitudes - even with feathers?
 

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Why do birds suddenly appear...
Every time...
You are near?

Just like me...
They long to be...
Close to you!
 
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