Lahore-bound flight hit by bird

By APP
Published: June 9, 2016
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The scheduled flight was to take passengers from Doha to Lahore PHOTO: REUTERS

The scheduled flight was to take passengers from Doha to Lahore PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: A Lahore-bound flight narrowly escaped a crash landing after it was hit by a bird.

The scheduled flight was to take passengers from Doha to Lahore when its engine was suddenly hit by a bird. However, the pilot’s skills came to a test when he had to make the emergency landing.

The airport administration has stated that the on board passengers were out of harm’s way due to the emergency landing. The jet was handed over to the engineers of Allama Iqbal International airport.

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The flight later departed to its destination after an hour.

Meanwhile, in a similar incident a Pakistan International Airlines’ Toronto bound flight was hit by a bird, at the Benazir Bhutto airport.

Earlier, the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority launched an awareness campaign against bird aircraft strike hazard (Bash) in the area surrounding the Benazir Bhutto International Airport (BBIA) in March.

The campaign aims at keeping the surrounding areas clean from garbage, refuse and waste around airport site, said a press release.

At the BBIA, various initiatives are being taken to reinforce the message pertaining to the serious issue of bird strike on the aircraft, and its consequences.

The necessary measures will ensure safe and on-time flight operations at the airport.

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Garbage dumping in plots surrounding the airport by the locals is a common practice that attracts birds to the area, which poses a serious threat to the aircrafts.

A bird strike is defined as a collision between a bird and an aircraft, which is in flight, during takeoff or on landing roll.

The term is often expanded to cover the other wildlife strike that is bats or ground animals.

Bird strike is common and a significant threat to aircraft safety, and lives of the crew and passengers are at great risk.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 9th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jun 9, 2016 - 11:34AM

    The aircraft in the picture is a Boeing KC-767 air-to-air refueling tanker. It is neither used by airlines as a commercial carrier nor it is operated by anyone in Pakistan.

    Kindly use relevant images for proper depiction. Recommend

  • Khan
    Jun 9, 2016 - 12:05PM

    ET please!! Not everything results in a crash landing!! Kindly stop sensationalising news, simply report the incident.Recommend

  • Captain
    Jun 9, 2016 - 1:03PM

    There are certain concepts which confuse me: Concepts of time and space, the general psychological framework of women and generally other things as well. What confuses me the most, however, bordering on the irksome is ET’s journalistic standards. A crash landing is where the airplane literally crashes. It breaks apart causing a loss of both airplane and possibly lives. A bird ingestion while on approach cannot cause a crash landing unless a large flock of birds are ingested in both engines, causing a loss of power, as experienced by US Airways 1549 which landed in the Hudson River, which is not the case here.
    After reading such articles where editors and contributors believe adding in words which dramatize the incident beyond the actual reality falls within the realm of responsible journalism, I’m reminded heavily of Rita Skeeter’s comments regarding The Quibbler when she says, “I could manure my garden with the contents of that rag”. Alas, I believe the same can be said for ET. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jun 9, 2016 - 5:10PM

    @Captain:
    Even though it is not explicitly given in the piece, the pilot himself or herself may have later stated themselves that they averted a crash landing situation ! I presume you were not the Captain of that flight…? Also, the acronym BASH is an internationally recognized term to reflect a potential hazardous situation under such circumstances. So perhaps, you cool your jets…?Recommend

  • Captain
    Jun 10, 2016 - 6:35PM

    @Haji Atiya

    Thank you for your comments. Putting my gratitude aside and focusing instead on the matter at hand, a BASH, or Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard is presumed to involve an accident involving human lives in one in a billion flying hours. unless a birds were ingested in both engines causing a complete power failure, bird strikes CANNOT result in a CRASH landing. I’m trying to argue the semantics of the article here.
    Furthermore, I’ve logged enough flying hours and seen many remains of birds on both the fuselage and engine intake ports to condone the flagrant use of such misleading titles. The only thing I’ve heard pilots say after a bird strike is, “Abay yaar. Wapsi kee flight delay ho jae gee ab”.
    Lastly, i suppose it’s safe to assume that my knowledge on these fantastic flying machines vastly outstrips yours so in your own words, cool your jets? Recommend

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