Flight engine damaged by bird leads to cancellation, loss of Rs 5 crore estimated


TNT Desk | June 8, 2018

GoAir flight flying to Port Blair from Kolkata had to return to the airport after a bird strike left the airplane's engine damaged on Thursday morning.

With 160 passengers onboard, GoAir flight G8-101 was taking off around 8:30 am but was asked to come back to the airport after the pilot experienced heavy vibrations in the right engine during lift-off.

 The pilot observed that the vibrations had crossed its threshold level. After the pilot did not send a call sign, air traffic control contacted him for confirmation. After the pilot informed them about the vibrations, the plane was called back to the airport.
 At the air traffic control, officials suspected that something was wrong on the flight as the captain had not yet reported the call sign by which the aircraft is identified on the radar screen.

The engineers revealed that the bird had damaged six engine blades. The flight was ultimately cancelled.

The damage cost is expected to be around Rs 5 crore.