A United Boeing 737, bound to Denver, CO USA, was struck by a bird resulting a large hole in the aircraft’s nosecone and cracking the pilot’s windshield.
Sources say the flight’s captain reported his airspeed indicator was not functioning as the flight descended from 12,000 feet; the first officer reported his airspeed indicator was unreliable.
The crew requested emergency services at the runway; the flight landed safely in Denver, CO about ten minutes after the incident. No injuries were reported.
The flight, UA-1475, originates in Dallas Ft. Worth, TX and finishes in Denver, CO and had 151 passengers on-board when the incident occurred.
All airplanes require an airspeed indicator which used throughout all flights from take-off, climb, cruise, descent and landing to maintain airspeeds for type of and operating conditions.