Boy hospitalized after bird hits him in the face on Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure

Posted Friday, July 27, 2012 9:00 AM | Contributed by Jason Hammond

A boy expecting a day packed with fun landed in the hospital Thursday afternoon when a bird slammed his face as he was riding the Kingda Ka roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure. A park official said the roller coaster had already plummeted 45 stories back toward the ground and was pulling into the station when the bird struck the passenger's face.

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Friday, July 27, 2012 3:47 PM
birdhombre's avatar

Leave my family out of this. That kid had it comin'.

Friday, July 27, 2012 3:55 PM
sws's avatar

That depends Ensign. Are you trying to determine the airspeed velocity of an unladen African or European swallow?

Friday, July 27, 2012 4:17 PM
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stoogemanmoe said:

Firefox sucks also.

Other than a couple extremely minor issues I've seen, I'd say it's a solid browser.

Friday, July 27, 2012 4:24 PM

Of course, African swallows are non-migratory.

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Friday, July 27, 2012 4:59 PM
LostKause's avatar

But Mike, park spokespersons sometimes have to soften the blow of the dangers of their rides when that speak to the media. I just found the way she worded it to be kind of... deliberate.

Friday, July 27, 2012 5:26 PM

Ensign Smith said:
Here's what I can't help pondering: given that the momentum of the train probably carried the creature along for a few moments after the impact, is that enough for the bird to claim a credit for Kingda Ka? I know this is kind of a gray area...


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Friday, July 27, 2012 5:59 PM
Jason Hammond's avatar

No credit without a full ride. If he had hit it on launch and carried it all the way, then we'd have something to debate.

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Friday, July 27, 2012 6:36 PM
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Don't pile up on Mike. A lot of people at work can't control what browser they use because too many IT people care more about control than good software.

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Friday, July 27, 2012 8:15 PM

I am sure we will soon be hearing from a lawyer representing the flock. From what I hear...the brids are now angry.

Hey! This gives me an idea...

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Friday, July 27, 2012 8:54 PM
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At least the kid can rest easy knowing that, according to the laws of probability, he never needs to fear any bird-skull interfacing for the rest of his life.

Friday, July 27, 2012 9:10 PM


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Friday, July 27, 2012 9:50 PM
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^^Pretty sure it doesn't work that way.

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Friday, July 27, 2012 9:57 PM
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Hopefully it wasn't a yellow bird. One well-timed finger tap and there'd be a closing speed of 200+ mph.


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Friday, July 27, 2012 10:19 PM
Vater's avatar

A black one would have taken out the whole train and the section of track it was on.

Saturday, July 28, 2012 12:15 AM


Sunday, July 29, 2012 11:35 PM

This would have been a real news story if it were reported that the coaster had plummeted 45 stories in a direction other than toward the ground. Even plummeting into a vat of tapioca pudding or a pool of hydrochloric acid. But plummeting toward the ground? Kind of a given.

Monday, July 30, 2012 2:45 AM

Jeff said:

A lot of people at work can't control what browser they use because too many IT people care more about control than good software.

Around here it's mostly because software engineers can't be bothered to actually update their software to work with newer browsers. Thankfully Firefox is slowly becoming standard and fixing both those problems.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012 1:09 AM

attach a scarecrow to the front of the train.. PROBLEM SOLVED :)

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012 12:31 AM
sirloindude's avatar

I dunno. I think a well-placed mixture of ice and rock blocks can seriously put a stop to those birds.

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Saturday, August 4, 2012 4:08 PM

Some guy got pooped on in a few rows in front of me and he couldn't figure out what hit him.


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