A total of 112 passengers and crew members on board a Jet Airways Delhi-Chandigarh flight had a narrow escape after the Boeing 737 aircraft was hit by a bird on Tuesday.
However, it is not clear whether the bird hit the aircraft while taking off from Delhi or landing at the Chandigarh airport. Though the flight landed safely at the city airport at 3pm, it was not allowed to take off to Mumbai as during the post-flight inspection, the authorities came to know that the plane had been hit by a bird. “We have grounded the plane,” said a spokesperson of Jet Airways.
The spokesperson added: “There are some spare parts which are being procured after the assessment of the damage.”
As many as 150 Mumbaibound passengers had to suffer. However, the spokesperson said: “We made alternative arrangements for the passengers, including rebooking. The safety of passengers is our highest concern. The engineering team of Jet Airways is assessing the damage.”“There are various degrees of bird-hit. Had it been critical, the pilot would have informed the Air Traffic Controller (ATC). But it was observed only during the post-flight inspection,” added the spokesperson. After an aircraft suffers a bird strike, an assessment report is prepared and accordingly the engineering team takes a call whether the plane is fit to fly. After repairs, a duplicate inspection is done and its only then maintenance engineers clear it to fly, the spokesperson added.
Some bird strikes have led to serious accidents involving aircraft of every size. The two primary locations where a bird can strike a moving aircraft are engines, wing and cockpit windshield. Jet engine ingestion is extremely serious due to the rotation speed of fan and engine design. As the bird strikes a fan blade, that blade can be displaced into another blade and so forth, causing a cascading failure.