Bird Strikes! This is Why Birds are SO Angry These images may be disturbing to some viewers, especially our fine feathered friends! The first set of shots is the result of an Embraer 145 picking up an unexpected passenger; a pelican. According to the NTSB... "On August 10, 2010, about 1340 mountain daylight time, an EmbraerEMB-145XR, N14105, collided with a large bird while on a downwind for a visual approach to Salt Lake City International Airport, Salt LakeCity, Utah. The two flight crew members, the two cabin crew members,and the 46 passengers were not injured, but the airplane, which was owned and operated by Express Jet, sustained substantial damage. According to the operator, while the airplane was on a downwind for a visual approach,it flew through a flock of large birds. One of the birds impacted the airplane near its nose, resulting in a section of skin about three feet long being folded back. The airplane was then landed successfully at Salt Lake International Airport. An individual who made an initial examination of the bird remains stated that he believed that the bird was a White Pelican."