Bird strikes can sometimes result in loss of thrust in the engine(s) or the cracking of the surface of the canopy or windshield. These cracks can sometimes disrupt the air pressure inside the cabin and result in altitude loss or other flight-related problems.
The event of an airborne animal (usually a bird or a bat) hitting an airplane in flight is referred to as a bird strike. It is known by a few other names as well, like a bird hit, bird ingestion or BASH (for Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard). Bird strikes also happen to other man-made objects on land, such as cars, power lines and wind turbines, which usually result in death for the birds.
In Pakistan owing to the negligence of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the incidents of bird strikes have been consistently increasing at airports across the country. In last seven months, more than 34 planes of Pakistan International Airline (PIA) were affected by bird strikes which caused millions of rupees loss to the national flag carrier, sources said.
Out of 34 planes, eight were severely damaged, sources added. Most incidents of bird strikes were reported at Karachi and Lahore airports, wherein 15 and 11 PIA planes were affected, respectively. A few days earlier, the presence of birds flocks in the Lahore airport vicinity had severely affected the flight operations. On the hand a plane of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Wednesday made an emergency landing at Sialkot Airport after a bird strike.
The PIA flight PK-734 was bound for Lahore and carrying 342 passengers including 15 children when a bird caused the flight to halt its journey.
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17 August, 2019