Sunday, February 15, 2009

Flight 1549 crash cause confirmed

The Smithsonian Institution’s Feather Identification Laboratory has identified DNA matter found in both CFM56-5B/P engines of US Airways Flight 1549 as belonging to the Canada Goose (Branta Canadensis), which generally weigh 5.8 to 8.7 lb.—larger than the bird ingestion standard for the engine.

Alternatively, I found these photos on-line of possible suspects:


  1. Great picture!
    That looks like the rare Arabian Goose- a tiny minority withing the larger Canada Goose species.

    Seriously, you mention the 'bird ingestion standard' for the engine... pretty freaky that they design jet engines to ingest a certain amount of birds...

  2. That's the kind whose call sounds like "allahu quackbar," right?