Bird not to blame for dent in plane nose

July 8, 2008 4:31:16 PM PDT
Federal officials say a bird did not cause a large dent in the nose of a Northwest Airlines plane that landed in Tampa.Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says Tuesday that the aircraft's fiberglass nose cone and an antenna have been shipped to Minneapolis for analysis.

Officials there haven't determined what caused the dent in the Boeing 757, but there is no evidence of a bird strike.

Bergen says the crew aboard Flight 478 from Detroit reported a loud bang Monday and then the aircraft's radar became inoperative. The plane landed safely.

A Tampa International Airport spokeswoman initially blamed the dent on a bird. But Bergen says the crew reported the bang while flying at 18,000 feet -- an altitude too high for a bird.

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