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This could easily have been caused by a large bird and the height record for a bird strike is 37,000 (a griffon.)

Here are some photographs of the damage caused by bird strikes

http://airnation.net/2012/05/13/iberia-a340-bird-strike-madrid/

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/07/united-airlines-flight-strikes-bird-on-descent-to-denver/

http://blog.flightstory.net/616/photos-delta-flight-1877-bird-strike-aftermath/

Remember that an airliner at 26,500 feet (8,000 metres) will probably be flying quite fast and the damage more severe than if it was manouevering at lower level and lower speed, thus whilst the damage looks huge, the radome is not a strong structure and a vulture/eagle could easily cause such a bump.

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