As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Birds strike again


The threat of bird strike continues to hound the country’s aviation safety with the number of such incidents increasing more frequently at major airports.

On Saturday, a bird strike forced a Philippine Airlines plane to cancel return flight to Manila after a number of birds were sucked by the plane’s engine before landing at the Zamboanga International Airport.

PAL flight PR124 was scheduled to leave at 6:55 am from Zamboanga to Manila but was canceled after its engine showed indications of a bird strike during aircraft inspection, the airline said.

The bird strike incident was believed to have occurred during the preceding flight that left Manila at 4:43 am on Saturday.

The cancelled PR 124 flight, an Airbus 319 carrying 101 passengers, will remain grounded until further notice, the airline said. Passengers were transferred to other PAL and Airphil flights from Zamboanga to Manila.

In the first half of 2012, 39 bird strike incidents have already been recorded by the safety division of the airport, almost a 50 percent increase from the incidents recorded the previous year, according to the Manila International Airport Authority.

Continued:
  http://manilastandardtoday.com/2012/09/23/birds-strike-again/

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