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Officials say that plane crashed after hitting geese

By Owen Weldon     Apr 9, 2008 in World
Last fall a University of North Dakota plane crashed and killed a student and flight instructor and school officials say that the crash happen because it collided with geese.
Dean Bruce Smith and Dana Siewert, UND aerospace, came up with the conclusion after going over flight data and checking out the engine of the twin-engine plan.
Smith released a statement on Wednesday and said that all possible situations were examine and than eliminated one by one and the conclusion was that the plane collided with geese.
The crash is still being investigated by The National Transportation Safety Board and is lead by Tim Sorensen and he confirmed on Wednesday that there was no evidence of mechanical failure and that a goose's DNA was found on the plane's left wing.
The victims were Adam Ostapenko, 20, of Duluth, Minn., and instructor Annette Klosterman, 22, of Seattle. The plane crashed into a swampy area back in 2007 and they were on a training flight when the crash occurred.
Data concluded that the plane was indeed flying normally and than in less than a half a minute the plane went out of control and hit the ground.
An official probable cause will be release by the NTSB later this year at the earliest. Until than the UND will continue the investigation with the NTSB.
This incident has drawn attention about the need to educate pilots and provide them with information and strategies so that these incidents will be minimized.
The geese are suspected to be Canada geese and they are thought of as being the most hazardous species of birds for aircraft and it is because of their size and flocking behaviour.
The FAA estimates that more than 60,000 bird strikes civil aircraft in the USA from early 1990 to 2005 which averages out to be one strike for every ten thousand flights.
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