Bird strike grounds USA plane

04:17, Jan 28 2014
US Airforce Plane
A US Air Force plane sits on the tarmac at the Invercargill Airport after a birdstrike earlier today.

A United States air force plane was temporarily grounded today after being caught in a bird strike at Invercargill Airport.

Invercargill Airport general manager Chloe Scala said only one aeroplane, a United States air force LC130 plane stopped in Invercargill to refuel, was affected by the bird strike.

The strike, which happened about 11.30am, was ''very minimal'', she said.

The birds involved are believed to be oyster-catchers, but it is not known how many were in the area at the time.

The airport was still completing the required reporting process following the strike, Ms Scala said.

In 2010, Invercargill Airport was found to have twice the national average number of bird strikes, according to Civil Aviation Authority figures.

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