Monday, August 14, 2023

Bird Strike Forces AirAsia India’s Airbus A320 To Turn Back

An AirAsia India aircraft was forced to turn back recently after it suffered windshield damage following a bird strike. This was one of many such incidents in Indian skies, as the problem of bird strikes has increased in recent years. In 2022, following several bird strike incidents, the authorities even issued guidelines to prevent such occurrences.

On August 11th, an AirAsia India flight from New Delhi to Surat had to turn around after reporting a cracked windshield following a bird strike. The Airbus A320 (VT-NAG) was performing flight I5-1569 with a scheduled departure of 19:25.

Shortly after takeoff, a bird hit the aircraft, and the pilots decided to turn back and make an emergency landing. Thankfully, no injuries were reported, and the carrier arranged another flight for the passengers. The Times of India quotes a spokesperson for the airline, which has now been rebranded as AIX Connect, as saying, “AIX Connect aircraft VT-NAG, operating Delhi to Surat, landed back in Delhi after suffering a windshield crack caused by a bird strike. The aircraft is presently grounded while we are making arrangements for our guests to be accommodated on alternative flights. We regret the inconvenience caused to the guests.”

14/08/2023 Gaurav Joshi/Simple Flying

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