Thursday, August 02, 2012

Bird collision grounds Buddha Airways plane

BIRATNAGAR: A Buddha Airways plane bound for Biratnagar from Kathmandu was grounded in Biratnagar airport today after a bird hit it while landing. The bird strike caused minor damage to its wing. 

 The right wing of the Buddha Air 9ATR aircraft was slightly damaged after an eagle collided with it while it was taxiing on the runway at about 8:00 am.

All the 70 passengers on board are safe, informed Nepal Civil Aviation Authority Office of Biratnagar.

“The plane was about to return to Kathmandu with all on board after refuelling, but during pre-flight inspection crew members spotted blood on the right wing and confirmed a bird strike. Then the aircraft was grounded,” said Biratnagar-based CAAN acting chief Janak Basnet, adding that the wing blade needed to be changed.

A team of engineers and CAAN technicians from Kathmandu inspected the plane.

“We have already ordered a new blade from the concerned aircraft-maker. Once it arrives, the plane will resume its flight,” said Buddha Air station manager Giriraj Basnet.

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