Air Force Accidentally Drops Dummy Bombs On Florida After Hitting Bird
The U.S. Air Force has launched an investigation after an A-10 Thunderbolt collided with a bird and dropped three training bombs.
The attack jet took off from the Moody Air Force Base for routine training over northern Florida on Monday, shortly before running into trouble.
"An A-10C Thunderbolt II assigned to the 23d Fighter Group suffered a bird strike which caused an inadvertent release of three BDU-33s," the 23rd Wing Public Affairs office said in a statement.
Lucky for local residents, the 11-kilogram bombs were non-explosive.
Despite not knowing where the training bombs were dropped, the Air Force is confident there were "no injuries or damage."
Locals have been warned not to approach the dummy bombs and keep others away because while they won't explode, they are still equipped with a pyrotechnic charge.
Birds have been a serious issue for the military for decades.
Since 1995, Air Force jets have hit more than 105,000 birds which have cost the service more than AU$1.1 billion, according to the Air Force Times.
Last May, a bird and an F-35 Joint Striker Fighter collided causing close to US$3 million damage.
Birds can also be deadly with 36 American airmen killed from 1985 to 2016, according to the 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs Office.
But it isn't just the U.S. dispersing feathers, just last week an Indian Air Force Jaguar hit a flock of birds during takeoff at Ambala Air Station, north of Delhi, causing the aircraft's engines to catch fire.
The quick-thinking pilot managed to eject all external stores including fuel tanks, which exploded into a fireball underneath the plane as the pilot continued to ascend.