OT Plane Crash because of Birds

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As for the Azores Glider:
"Without engine power, control of the aircraft depended on the last backup, a ram air turbine, which supplied limited power to hydraulic and electrical systems. While Piché flew the plane, DeJager monitored its descent rate — around 2000 feet (600 metres) per minute — and calculated that the plane had about 15 to 20 minutes left before they had to ditch the plane in the water.
The crew flew the plane a few more minutes, until sighting the air base. Piché then had to execute a series of 360 degree turns to lose altitude. Although they successfully lined up with Runway 33, they faced a new danger. The plane was on a final descent, going faster than normal. Although they had unlocked the slats and deployed the landing gear, the airspeed was 200 knots, compared to the preferable 130-140 knots.
At 06:45 UTC, or 02:45 EST, after 19 minutes without engine power, the plane touched down hard 1,030 feet down Runway 33 with about 200 knots (370 km/h). The aircraft bounced back into the air but touched down again 2,800 feet from the approach end of the runway and came to a stop 7,600 feet from the approach end of the 10,000 foot runway. With the operation of the emergency brakes, several tires burst. Fourteen passengers and two crew members suffered minor injuries during the evacuation of the aircraft. Two passengers suffered serious, but not life-threatening injuries. "
At 32000 feet altitude and an airspeed of 330 knots he had something like 150 miles of "stretch", for a glide ratio of some 25:1. This was a A330 with twice the capacity of the A320-200 (306 people on board) and 361 sq M of wing, compared to the A32 with 122 SqM of wing., so LIKELY a lighter wing loading.
Note they did several 360 turns to lose enough altitude to land on the island. and STILL landed significantly "hot".
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on 1/16/2009 5:51 AM (ET) Jimw wrote the following:

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2009/01/17/vo.surveillance.plane.cnn
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