Oprah Winfrey's jet hits bird


#1

flightaware.com/live/flight/N540W Diverted back to KSBA after a bird struck the windshield.


#2

Bummer, no post-Christmas shopping in Hawaii… :angry:


#3

Seems unlikely it was a bird strike … If you look at the track log (currently missing) the A/C was at (or at least achived) FL380, not many birds at that level… And if the windsheld was cracked you would no keep climbing to FL380. However, the quick descent from Fl380 to 8000 indicates something happened “up there” a quick slow down and go down, a 4000ft/min descent was initiated…down to 12000 then limp back to shore… all from the track log (that seems to not be available anymore)… Hmmm. :wink:

N540W


#4

Tracklog:


11:34AM 	3426N/11950W 	169    700
11:34AM 	3424N/11948W 	206 	2000 climbing
11:35AM 	3423N/11948W 	213 	2500 climbing
11:35AM 	3421N/11951W 	240 	3800 climbing
11:36AM 	3421N/11952W 	213 	4700 climbing
11:37AM 	3420N/11958W 	255 	7600 climbing
11:38AM 	3420N/12003W 	261 	40000 climbing
11:39AM 	3419N/12008W 	256 	40000
11:40AM 	3419N/12013W 	250 	10200 descending
11:41AM 	3417N/12018W 	267 	12200 climbing
11:42AM 	3415N/12024W 	295 	14600 climbing
11:43AM 	3412N/12030W 	328 	16800 climbing
11:44AM 	3410N/12037W 	339 	19000 climbing
11:45AM 	3408N/12043W 	345 	20800 climbing
11:46AM 	3406N/12050W 	352 	22700 climbing
11:47AM 	3403N/12057W 	367 	24100 climbing
11:48AM 	3401N/12104W 	383 	25600 climbing
11:49AM 	3358N/12112W 	403 	27000 climbing
11:50AM 	3356N/12120W 	415 	28900 climbing
11:51AM 	3353N/12128W 	420 	30600 climbing
11:52AM 	3350N/12135W 	420 	32500 climbing
11:53AM 	3348N/12143W 	420 	34100 climbing
11:54AM 	3345N/12151W 	420 	35600 climbing
11:55AM 	3342N/12158W 	420 	36900 climbing
11:56AM 	3339N/12206W 	420 	37800 climbing
11:57AM 	3337N/12213W 	420 	38800 climbing
11:58AM 	3334N/12221W 	420 	40000 climbing
11:59AM 	3331N/12229W 	425 	40000
12:00PM 	3328N/12237W 	430 	40000
12:01PM 	3327N/12245W 	430 	40000
12:02PM 	3325N/12253W 	435 	40000
12:03PM 	3325N/12301W 	409 	39600 descending
12:04PM 	3330N/12306W 	322 	37500 descending
12:05PM 	3335N/12302W 	253 	34100 descending
12:06PM 	3339N/12256W 	278 	30400 descending
12:07PM 	3341N/12247W 	349 	27600 descending
12:08PM 	3343N/12238W 	400 	21600 descending
12:09PM 	3346N/12230W 	417 	18200 descending
12:10PM 	3348N/12222W 	417 	15300 descending
12:11PM 	3350N/12215W 	395 	12600 descending
12:12PM 	3352N/12208W 	367 	40000 climbing
12:13PM 	3353N/12202W 	338 	40000
12:14PM 	3355N/12156W 	316 	40000
12:15PM 	3357N/12150W 	309 	40000
12:16PM 	3358N/12145W 	309 	40000
12:17PM 	3400N/12139W 	304 	40000
12:18PM 	3402N/12133W 	304 	40000
12:19PM 	3403N/12127W 	304 	40000
12:20PM 	3405N/12121W 	304 	40000
12:21PM 	3407N/12115W 	304 	40000
12:22PM 	3408N/12109W 	310 	40000
12:23PM 	3410N/12103W 	310 	9300 descending
12:24PM 	3412N/12057W 	310 	40000 climbing
12:25PM 	3413N/12051W 	310 	7500 descending
12:26PM 	3415N/12045W 	315 	6000 descending
12:27PM 	3416N/12040W 	297 	5000 descending
12:27PM 	3416N/12039W 	310 	40000 climbing
12:28PM 	3417N/12035W 	288 	5000 descending
12:28PM 	3418N/12033W 	293 	40000 climbing
12:29PM 	3419N/12030W 	284 	4600 descending
12:29PM 	3419N/12028W 	287 	4400 descending
12:29PM 	3420N/12025W 	286 	3300 descending
12:30PM 	3421N/12023W 	281 	3100 descending
12:31PM 	3421N/12019W 	270 	2000 descending
12:31PM 	3421N/12017W 	274 	2000
12:31PM 	3422N/12014W 	247 	1900 descending
12:32PM 	3422N/12013W 	260 	2000 climbing
12:32PM 	3423N/12010W 	237 	1900 descending
12:33PM 	3423N/12008W 	253 	1900
12:33PM 	3424N/12006W 	186 	2000 climbing
12:34PM 	3424N/12004W 	223 	1900 descending
12:35PM 	3425N/12002W 	187 	2000 climbing
12:35PM 	3425N/12000W 	192 	1900 descending
12:36PM 	3425N/11958W 	184 	1900
12:36PM 	3425N/11957W 	181 	1800 descending
12:37PM 	3426N/11954W 	165 	900 descending
12:37PM 	3426N/11954W 	181 	900

The FL400 reports at 11:38, 11:39, 12:12 to 12:22, 12:24, 12:27, and 12:28 are bogus.

I’ll head down to KSBA today and see if I can spot the jet.


#5

It is also possible/feasible a “bird strike” DID occur at lower alt ealier in the flight, and the crew continued the climb having only heard/seen a “strike” near windshield, without apparent damage… At some point the pressure differential would be ever increasing the windshield stress until a crack forms/elongates and “pop” (or worse)…

Oprah may have been very lucky today… :open_mouth:

I noticed no other flights have gone to PHNL from KSBA… :confused:

Only my observations using FlightAware…

…“THE aviation detection service” 8)


#6

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