Bird strikes into flight carrying passengers from KSA to Pakistan, damage reported
PESHAWAR: A flight carrying passengers from Medina to Pakistan met with an accident when a bird flew into the aircraft causing damage to the front end of the aircraft, ARY News reported on Wednesday.
No injuries were reported on flight, PK-8351, as the airplane landed safely after the mishap.
A Lahore-bound flight of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) had suffered serious damage after a bird hit near Lahore on August 26.
Flight PK-758 was coming from London to Lahore. The Boeing 777 aircraft’s engine number one received considerable damage due to the bird hit.
However, the pilot of the aircraft successfully landed at the airport. Subsequently, the aircraft was grounded for maintenance.
Owing to the negligence of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the incidents of bird strikes have been consistently increasing at airports across the country.
In the last seven months, more than 34 planes of Pakistan International Airline (PIA) were affected by bird strikes which caused millions of rupees loss to the national flag carrier, sources had said.
Out of 34 planes, eight were severely damaged, sources added.
Most incidents of bird strikes were reported at Karachi and Lahore airports, wherein 15 and 11 PIA planes were affected, respectively.
Moreover, two cases were reported from Sukkur, Peshawar and Quetta airports each while one was reported from Islamabad airport.
Such incidents have badly disturbed flight schedules.
Lately, seven Lahore-bound flights were diverted to land in different cities as a huge flock of birds was hovering over Allama Iqbal International Airport.
The presence of birds flocks in the Lahore airport vicinity had severely affected the flight operations.