National flag carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) airbus A320-233 ‘9N-AKW’ Sagarmatha encountered bird strike this morning.
According to officials, the flight ‘RA 416’ witnessed bird strike at back side of landing gear in the runway around 9:30 am.
The source said that if the birds strike aircraft in the sky, it could have been fatal. The incident occurred after landing so there was no any serious repercussion.
Technician team of NAC examined the aircraft at same morning and informed that there is no need of grounding the aircraft.
Previously, A320-233 ‘9N-AKW’ Sagarmatha encountered bird-strike at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in landing process. The flight departed from Bangalore in a night flight and during arrival at TIA it encountered a bird strike incident.
Bird strike is one of the dangerous hazards in air security worldwide. However, bird strike incidents are unpredictable and cannot be blamed solely to NAC. Nepalese airports mostly TIA has encountered a lot of such strike incidents.
Nepal Airlines Corporation NAC was incorporated on 1 July 1958 through enactment of Nepal Airlines Corporation Act. 2019 with the following main objective to provide air transport service to any person, agency or organization who needed such service for transportation of men or materials from one airport to another either within or outside the country.
The corporation operates international flights with its 2 wide body A330 aircraft, 2 narrow body A 320 and 1 Boeing aircraft. Similarly, for domestic flights, the corporation operates with its 3 Twin-otter, 2 MA-60, 4 Y-12e aircraft. The corporation has been operating to 8 international destinations and 22 domestic destinations.