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First-ever 'fish strike' recorded at MacDill

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MacDill personnel say their jet hit a sheepshead. Pic courtesy: Mobile Air Command website MacDill personnel say their jet hit a sheepshead. Pic courtesy: Mobile Air Command website
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, (WFLA) -

You may have heard of bird strikes impacting flights, but what about a fish strike?

The first recorded fish strike has apparently happened at MacDill Air Force Base, according to the Air Mobility Command website.

Back in September, a pilot saw something fly in front of their jet, then the crew heard a thud. They thought they might have hit a bird, and aborted their takeoff.

However, no bird remains were found on the runway. Instead, searchers found a nine-inch sheepshead fish. Investigators believe an osprey dropped its catch trying to get away, and caused MacDill's first-ever fish strike.

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