Sunday, August 19, 2018

Delta Air Lines, Boeing 737-900: Incident occurred August 18, 2018 at St. Louis Lambert International Airport (KSTL) Missouri

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -  A flight out of Lambert Airport to Atlanta was delayed Saturday morning after a small flock of birds got tangled in the plane’s engine just after takeoff.

Delta spokesperson Lisa Hellerstedt said the pilot of Delta Flight 1080 decided to turn around shortly after the flight’s takeoff at 7:20 a.m. as a precaution. The plane returned to the gate just past 7:30 where 140 passengers exited the aircraft. 

No one was hurt in the incident and no other flights were impacted.

All passengers were put on a flight to the same destination or otherwise accommodated.

The company released the following statement:

Delta flight 1080 returned to St. Louis Lambert International Airport shortly after encountering birds on ascent. The flight landed safely without incident and taxied to the gate for maintenance evaluation. We apologize for the delay to our customers as safety is always our top priority.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.kmov.com

ST. LOUIS COUNTY • A Delta Air Lines aircraft leaving St. Louis for Atlanta had to turn around early Saturday after striking a flock of birds.

Flight 1080 took off at 7:21 a.m., but returned to the gate at St. Louis Lambert International Airport by 7:37 a.m. after striking several birds, Delta said in a statement.

There were about 140 passengers on the Boeing 737 aircraft. They were put on alternative flights, Delta said.

From January 2010 through April of this year there were 504 bird strikes at Lambert, according to a Federal Aviation Administration database.

Lambert has an active bird mitigation program in attempt to prevent these strikes, said airport spokesman Jeff Lea.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.stltoday.com

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