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Bird strike grounds Arik Air

29 December 2014, 07:57Augustine Osayande

Abuja - An Arik Air aircraft has remained grounded in Abuja after suffering a bird strike. 

Fan Ndubuoke, General Manager of Public Affairs at the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), disclosed the setback.

According to Ndubuoke, the flight with scheduled Service Flight Number W3 408, a CRJ 900 with registration Number 5N - JEA, was on its initial climb out of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja when the crew heard a loud noise.

The Yola-bound aircraft pilot, following the Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs), promptly made a landing in Abuja. 

Upon grounding the plane, the Airline's Engineers carried out a preliminary investigation which revealed the Aircraft had suffered a bird strike. 

The right side of the Wind Shield had a minor dent, Ndubuoke said.

He added that the aircraft was on ground in Abuja and the Certifying Engineer and an Inspector from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) was already carrying out a thorough assessment of the aircraft to ensure its airworthiness.

This was the regulatory procedure prior to releasing the aircraft for further operations.

“The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) therefore reiterated that all airline Crew must ensure that international best practices and NCAA guidelines are followed during their operations,” Ndubuoke said.
A bird strike, sometimes called birdstrike, bird ingestion, bird hit, or BASH (for Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard), is a collision between an airborne animal, usually a bird or bat,  and a human-made vehicle, especially aircraft.

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