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Bird strike leaves dent in Vietnam Airlines plane nose, damages radar

Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 11:13 GMT+7
Bird strike leaves dent in Vietnam Airlines plane nose, damages radar
A Vietnam Airlines aircraft is shown being maintained in this photo illustration. Photo: Tuan Phung / Tuoi Tre

A Vietnam Airlines aircraft has had its nose cone dented and weather radar damaged by a bird strike this week.

A source told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the carrier’s Airbus A321 was about to land at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on Monday night when a bird hit the aircraft.

The airplane had traveled from the central city of Hue.

The collision happened at an altitude of 1,800 meters, as the pilot was descending for landing.

The bird strike dented the nose cone and damaged its weather radar since the airplane was flying at 460km per hour.

Parts of the bird’s body were stuck to the plane nose.

The pilot managed to land the Airbus A321 safely at the airport at 9:50 pm and did not need ground service support.

The aircraft is being repaired now.

On August 29, the Airbus A350 flight operated by Vietnam Airlines was struck by a bird en route from Busan in South Korea to Ho Chi Minh City.

Technicians then found bloodstains on one of the engines and bird feathers on the fan blades when the aircraft had landed at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in the southern Vietnamese hub.

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