Three recent bird strike incidents for aircraft including Qantas and Thomas Cook
Date added: November 18, 2010
17.11.2010 – (AFP)
Australian airline Qantas hit by bird strike
SYDNEY â€” A Qantas Boeing 747 had to turn back to Johannesburg after one of its engines suffered a bird strike, the airline said Wednesday, the latest in a string of incidents to beset the Australian carrier.
Qantas said the plane’s number two engine lost power after sucking in a bird shortly after takeoff late Tuesday, with damaged turbines forcing an unplanned landing. There were 171 passengers on board.
“The aircraft is being worked on by engineers,” a Qantas spokesman told AFP.
“It’s just a bit of damage to some of the turbine blades, it’s not a huge thing.”
One of Qantas’ smaller Boeing 717s was hit by lightning on a regional flight between the Australian destinations of Alice Springs and Darwin hours earlier, causing “minor damage” to the exterior.
The incidents follow the return to Sydney of a Qantas Boeing 747 bound for Buenos Aires on Monday after it suffered an electrical fault which caused smoke to pour into the cockpit.
Qantas has been plagued with mechanical issues since grounding its fleet of Airbus A380s after an engine exploded on one of the superjumbos on November 4, forcing an emergency landing in Singapore.
A Boeing 747 had to turn back to Singapore with a sparking engine the following day, and a Melbourne-bound Boeing 767 returned to the west coast city of Perth with engine vibration a week later.
Qantas said Wednesday it hoped to have the A380 back in service “as soon as possible” but declined to give a timeframe for it.
“We are working with Rolls-Royce to identify which engines need replacement components, or to be replaced altogether, as part of our inspection process,” the spokesman said, referring to the engine manufacturer.
Qantas experienced bird strikes two or three times a year and it was a “pretty rare occurrence”, he added.
A US Airways Airbus A320 ditched in New York’s Hudson River last January after a bird strike on both of its engines, in an incident widely known as the “Miracle on the Hudson” because there was no loss of life.
Dana Airline on Wednesday said it lost about N270 million to a recent accident at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, caused by bird strike.
The Managing Director of the airline, Mr Jacky Hathiramani, told newsmen in Ikeja that the aircraft had been grounded for three weeks following the bird strike.
Hathiramani said that the aircraft was departing Abuja for Lagos when the incident occured, adding:"The incident which can be prevented is causing the airline great losses and potential risks to flight.
"We hope that the authorities would take up the challenge as soon as possible and reduce, if not eliminate, the incidents of bird strikes in our airports".According to him, if something drastic is not done, the attack of birds on aircraft could lead to air mishap.
CAA Birdstrike data in the UK – including species data
UK Birdstrike Data
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