EXPLAINER: Increased incidence of potentially deadly bird strikes in Pakistan

KARACHI: Bird strikes have seen an increased incidence in Pakistan with 48 planes of foreign and national airlines being hit from January to May this year alone.

According to a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) report, national and foreign airlines have both faced massive financial losses due to bird strikes on aircraft within Pakistan’s airspace. In last five years, –between January 2018 till May 2022– 662 bird strike incidents were reported in Pakistan. This is as the result of delay in installation of the bird control system at airports.

Age-old hacks are being put in place to discourage birds and vultures, like shooting them down or chasing them away using flares, among others. But a more sophisticated and systematic mechanism is the need of the hour, confirms CAA spox Saifullah while speaking to ARY News.