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    Default JetBlue 897 4/1/17

    Hit birds at CRUISE ALTITUDE and diverted to Orlando, thought this was unusual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by orangehuggy View Post
    Hit birds at CRUISE ALTITUDE and diverted to Orlando, thought this was unusual.
    Suurce?
    My sources say that they may have hit birds while taking off from Boston.

    http://avherald.com/h?article=4a70a6a5&opt=0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel View Post
    Suurce?
    My sources say that they may have hit birds while taking off from Boston.

    http://avherald.com/h?article=4a70a6a5&opt=0
    Seems they hit birds on departure but decided to divert later at cruise. Fill in the blanks.

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    However birds can fly at high altitude according to this site:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...flight_heights
    But likely there are so few birds at these high altitudes the collisions never or rarely happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Highkeas View Post
    However birds can fly at high altitude according to this site:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...flight_heights
    But likely there are so few birds at these high altitudes the collisions never or rarely happen.
    The only difference between very likely and higly unlikely events is how often they happen.
    http://www.universetoday.com/110963/...es-it-on-film/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel View Post
    Suurce?
    My sources say that they may have hit birds while taking off from Boston.

    http://avherald.com/h?article=4a70a6a5&opt=0

    Something in the article doesn't add up. The decision to divert was made 200nm from BOS, but they diverted to MCO? And flew from 200nm from BOS to MCO at FL220? Anybody have JFK weather at the time handy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATLcrew View Post
    Something in the article doesn't add up. The decision to divert was made 200nm from BOS, but they diverted to MCO? And flew from 200nm from BOS to MCO at FL220? Anybody have JFK weather at the time handy?
    There could be operational reasons for that, like the availability of Mx, spare airplane, crew... at MCO, or the unwillingness of the crew (or some restriction in the procedures) to fly over open waters with the failure they were experiencing (that we still don't know what it was).

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    Or perhaps wanting to burn off fuel to reduce landing weight? That would explain both the distance and lower altitude.

    Of course if that was the goal, going all the way to the destination might have made sense, but access to maintenance/repair services might be better in MCO than Costa Rica.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel View Post
    There could be operational reasons for that...
    I'm sure there could be some, yes.

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