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Fish strike interrupts jet’s takeoff at MacDill


There are fish stories and then there is this.

On the morning of Sept. 10, MacDill Air Force Base wildlife manager Lindsey Garven was called out to search the runway for a dead bird.

A short while earlier, a Gulfstream G-IV jet from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration rumbled down the runway until the crew noticed it hit something.

At first they thought the jet hit an osprey and aborted the flight.

Garven could not find any dead birds.

But she did find something else.

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