Qatar Airlines plane survives bird hit in Lahore

By: News Desk      Published: 10:53 AM, 16 Mar, 2021
Qatar Airlines plane survives bird hit in Lahore
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A Qatar Airlines plane was hit by a bird while landing at the Lahore International Airport on Tuesday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The flight QR-628 coming from Doha was about to land at the Allama Iqbal International Airport when a bird hit the left engine of the aircraft.

The captain of the Boeing 777 immediately alerted the Control Tower of the Lahore Airport which rushed support vehicles to the runway.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) teams inspected the plane as soon as it landed safely and declared the plane fit to fly again after a detailed checking of the left engine.

The captain then confirmed to the Control Tower of not much damage to the engine.

Sooner the CAA bird strike teams got into action and started to repel them from the airport.

The incident happened weeks after the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCCA) had decided to install the acoustic bird repellent system at Karachi and Lahore airports to prevent threats to aviation safety.

Bird Strike is common, and can be substantially hazardous to the security of the aircraft alongside passengers, and can result in a number of fatal accidents. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has suffered the same in the past.

Expression of Interest (EOI) from well-reputed firms, and individuals bearing experience in wildlife management, especially in the area of airports, had been invited to benefit in this regard with their expertise.

According to the PCAA officials, the system will be installed at the main and secondary runways of Jinnah International Airport, Karachi and Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore.

Nabeel Malik reported this news.