Jazeera Airways aircraft faces glitch while landing at GBIA; bird strike suspected

File – An aircraft of Jazeera Airways lands at Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA) in Bhairahawa, Siddharthanagar Municipality, Rupandehi district, on Monday, May 16, 2022. Coinciding with the Buddha Jayanti, a narrow-body aircraft of Kuwaiti airlines made a flight from Kuwait to GBIA carrying 178 passengers. Photo: RSS

KATHMANDU: A bird strike may have caused a disturbance in the aircraft of Jazeera Airways while landing at Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA) today, officials at the airport said.

A bird may have collided with the aircraft at 1:45 am on Monday, said Prabesh Adhikari, chief of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) at the airport.

As a result, at present, the aircraft has been grounded at the airport rescheduling its flight, he said. “The plane has successfully landed. Bird strike is suspected to have taken place as blood droplet stains can be seen on the surface of the plane. However, the dead bird has not been found. A technical team will check whether it has been sucked into the plane engine.”

Further investigations were underway, he said.

Meanwhile, the flight of the aeroplane has been rescheduled. The Kuwaiti airline company has managed accommodation for its passengers in a hotel. As many as 38 passengers have booked tickets for Bhairahawa-Kuwait flight, according to the airport authorities.

(with inputs from RSS)

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