Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Flight suffers bird hit in Delhi, lands safely at Lucknow airport

Lucknow: A flight with 148 passengers onboard heading to Lucknow suffered a ‘bird hit’ after taking off from New Delhi on Tuesday and landed safely at Chaudhary Charan Singh international airport, but the aircraft was grounded by aircraft engineers following close inspection and evaluation.

Official sources at the Lucknow airport, seeking anonymity, said the pilots of the flight had sensed a bird strike near the lower left fuselage of the aircraft at 2,600 feet while climbing after the take-off from the Indira Gandhi airport, New Delhi.

“The pilots sensed a burning smell inside the cockpit and cabin for five to six minutes after the hit. However, the aircraft dashboard and instrument panels were showing normal readings on aircraft’s health, therefore the journey was continued,” said the sources.

“The pilots did not inform the air traffic control about the bird strike while landing at Lucknow airport at around 2.51pm. Only an hour later, the ground handling staff informed the Lucknow airport authorities about the incident, following which aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) started inspection of the aircraft,” sources added.

The unscheduled inspection delayed the flight for Delhi-bound 117 passengers.

“Initially, AME had expected to clear the aircraft for takeoff by 8pm, but later the 150-seater Airbus A320-232 was declared unfit (aircraft on ground) for immediate departure. At 7.53pm, an empty aircraft was brought from New Delhi and flew with all 117 passengers at 8.57pm,” said the source.

15/12/21 Arvind Chauhan/Times of India

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