Recently, there has been a great deal of press around the impact birds can have on aircraft. Earlier in the year we had two separate incidents on AirAsia X and Virgin Australia flights which led to the grounding of aircraft, and there have been other instances across the world. However, the latest has completely shocked us at The Blue Swan Daily.
Images have surfaced of Badr Airlines Boeing 737 which was struck by birds in Sudan. It seems the nose of the aircraft completely crumbled when struck by the birds. The pilot was able to land the aircraft safely and no one was injured.
— AIRLIVE (@airlivenet) September 25, 2017
Occurrences involving aircraft striking wildlife, particularly birds, are the most common aviation occurrence reported to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). The most recent report, Jun-2017 saw a rise in incidents by 77% compared to the same month in 2016. Once again animals are the leading cause of these issues amounting to 33.2% of the total for the month.