A writer’s tweet that seemed to doubt the seriousness of a birdstrike enraged Japanese netizens last week, who mocked the author for a “shameless” display of scientific ignorance. According to the Asahi Shimbun writer’s story, two roundtrip flights were canceled on the low-cost carrier Peach Aviation’s Sapporo to Kansai International route on October 12 when a bloodstained 40 centimeter-long dent was discovered on one of their plane’s wings. The airline said it was investigating a possible birdstrike, which the caused the writer to question “can a bird really cause a dent like that?”

Birdstrikes, one of which caused infamously caused the “Miracle on the Hudson” flight in New York to lose engine power and ditch in the Hudson River west of New York, are no laughing matter and netizens were quick to remind the author of it.

Some readers called out the writer’s research skills and the newspaper’s overall scientific knowledge:

Start over and write this article again, but this time use psychics.

Although it’s great that you googled ‘birdstrike’ before writing this story, that’s not really scientific research.

Do the people at Asahi know that there are birds larger than sparrows?

Other readers were critical of the author’s apparent rush to call out Peach, which is a low-cost carrier, and implying that larger, more established airlines would not have problems with these flying creatures:

Does Asahi not know that the cost of an airline ticket isn’t related to the strength of the plane?

While a dent in the wing is a problem, that has little to do with Peach and it being a budget airline. That is something the airplane maker must deal with.

It’s not really that rare for birds to cause delays for airlines.

Some netizens were less subtle in their criticism and let the writer have it:

Was this ghostwritten by an elementary school student?

Was this supposed to be a joke?

I wonder if this person’s car wouldn’t be damaged by hitting a dog or cat.

Perhaps the best reaction to “birdstrike-gate” was Twitter user kurotoya who suggested that the author drive his car at 800 km/h and hit a bird to find out how serious one of these accidents can be.

To the author’s credit, they seemed to take the criticism to heart and thanked the Internet for their “guidance” and for bringing attention to the dangers of a plane smacking into a bird at high speeds. Unlike plane-destroying gremlins, like the one William Shatner’s character saw in a 1963 episode of the Twilight Zone, birdstrikes are very real and very dangerous.

Source: Itai News
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