Earlier this week, for example, American Airlines was forced to delay a Frankfurt-bound flight at the last minute after a hole was noticed in the right hand wing of a Boeing 777-200.
The incident was reported by The Aviation Herald and I’ve included a passenger's photo of the damaged aircraft on this page – check out the leading edge of the right hand wing. The bird strike occurred on a previous flight.
American Airlines was fast to react, arranging a replacement Boeing 777, with passengers delayed by 2 hours and 45 minutes in total. The damaged plane, meanwhile, was grounded for around 30 hours while it was fixed.
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