EUGENE, Ore. -- Passengers on board of a flight from Seattle to Eugene had a bumpy ride on Sunday after a goose hit the front of their aircraft.
Officials from Alaska/Horizon Airlines confirmed that at around 6 p.m. Sunday, their flight 2299 (Seattle, Tacoma to Eugene) struck a bird at around 200 feet in the air shortly before landing at the EUG airport.
A passenger aboard flight 2299 told KVAL that the plane encountered what he thought was turbulence when he suddenly heard a strange noise coming from one of the engines.
The passenger said that the plane made a safe but bumpy landing. Shortly after taxiing to a stop he reported seeing the pilot and crew exit the plane and head to the nose.
The viewer snapped these pictures of the airplane, with damage caused by what crews told him was a goose.