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Plane has navigation light broken by bird at Hanoi airport

Plane has navigation light broken by bird at Hanoi airport

Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 14:25 GMT+7
Plane has navigation light broken by bird at Hanoi airport
Planes are pictured at an airport in Vietnam. Photo: Tuan Phung / Tuoi Tre

A plane had its navigation light damaged during its journey from the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang to Hanoi last weekend.

An Airbus A321 aircraft was used to operate flight VN166 of national carrier Vietnam Airlines on Sunday afternoon, according to a source close to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

After the plane landed at Noi Bai International Airport following its Da Nang-Hanoi journey at around 3:10 pm, technicians discovered that a navigation light on the left wing had been broken.

They also found a part of a dead bird stuck to the light.

Noi Bai airport’s flight operation center then coordinated with relevant agencies to examine the runway and taxiways where the plane had traveled on, but it was unable to find any broken part or dead bird.

In a relevant case, technicians found a blood stain on the nose cone of a Boeing 777 after it landed at Noi Bai airport at 2:50 am on Monday.

Airport managers inspected the runway and taxiways but were also unable to find any bird corpse.

It is not uncommon for planes to be hit by birds at airports in Vietnam and the world, especially during migration seasons.

Multiple aircraft in Vietnam have had their lights, engine covers, nose cones, and weather radars damaged after being hit by birds.

Some flights had to be delayed for airport operators to clear birds from runways.

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