Birds do occasionally meet a brutal demise in the form of an airplane collision, but rarely do they become wedded with the machinery, or cause much of a problem for passengers onboard the flight. In the case of Tuesday's event in Miami, it was basically par for the course as far as human injuries are concerned, as no one on the flight suffered a scratch. The flight taxied as normal with the bird stuck in the plane's nose, like a gruesome souvenir from the sky, before animal services came and pried it from the aircraft's death grip.
Bird collisions can create problems for pilots, though. In the 2009 incident dubbed the 'Miracle on the Hudson" and immortalized in the 2016 drama Sully starring Tom Hanks, a US Airways flight struck a flock of geese, prompting an emergency landing on the Hudson River outside of JFK International Airport in New York City. While situations like that are severe, it isn't likely that a rogue flock of pigeons has a serious chance of bringing down your aircraft. According to pilots, the chances are minuscule, and you'd be shocked to learn how many birds your plane mows through on a given journey.
So let this be a reminder that when we share the skies with its natural dwellers, we should always appreciate their generosity and sacrifice.