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edge after checking its fit. Piano hinge fasteners along the top and bottom edges hold
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IT WAS THE SORT OF CALL no aircraft
owner ever wants to get: "There was an
incident with your airplane. Everyone
is OK," AOPA Live Executive Producer
Warren Morningstar told me.
As my heart skipped a beat, I appreciated him getting right to the point about
everyone being OK.
"We hit a bird. We landed OK, but there's
a dent in the wing and hole in the skin."
He went on to explain how he and
Editor at Large Dave Hirschman were
flying from coastal Virginia back to
home base at Frederick, Maryland,
after an assignment. Air traffic control directed them to 2,000 feet msl
between Washington National and Dulles

International airports, an unusually low
altitude for an IFR flight on that route.
Typically we expect to be at about 4,000
feet through that corridor. Morningstar
was flying. Hirschman from the right seat
saw a dark flash just ahead of the right
wing and then they felt a thump. The airplane continued to fly just fine and all the
engine instruments were normal, so they
continued the remaining 30 miles home.
Exiting the airplane they saw copious amounts of blood and bird remains,
although no feathers.
They cleaned up the mess and
Morningstar gave me a call with the news.
I was relieved that no one was hurt and
went to the airport to check it out myself.
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