Author: Gary Searing

Alaska Airlines officers receive awards

Nov 23, 2014 News by Gary Searing
Alaska Airlines Capt. Steve Cleary of Federal Way, Wash., and First Officer Michael Hendrix of Seattle were honored with Superior Airmanship Award Aug. 18 by the Air Line Pilots Association International for their handling of a bird strike during takeoff at Sitka last year. Cleary and Hendrix were piloting Alaska Airlines Flight 68, a Boeing […]

Saudi Air Force jet crashes after bird-hit

Nov 23, 2014 News by Gary Searing
A Saudi Air Force Hawk jet trainer crashed on Tuesday after a bird strike on its engine, the Saudi Defence Ministry said in a statement cited by the SPA news agency, adding that the pilot ejected safely. General Ibrahim al-Malek told AFP the accident took place in the northwest of the kingdom in the Tabuk […]

Westjet flight returns to YVR after alleged bird strike

Nov 23, 2014 News by Gary Searing
A Westjet flight bound for Calgary had to return to YVR this morning after an apparent bird strike. The plane left Vancouver airport at 7 a.m. this morning, but just minutes after takeoff passengers and crew sensed a strange smell. The plane then had to burn fuel, and returned to YVR about an hour later.

Bird strike costs MIA €250,000

Nov 23, 2014 News by Gary Searing
Malta International Airport has been ordered to pay more than €250,000 in damages to Air Malta and to an insurance company for the damages an Air Malta plane sustained in a bird strike. Presiding over the First Hall of the Civil Court, Mr Justice Raymond C Pace concluded that MIS was responsible for the damages […]

Robots to be deployed in airfields to drive out birds

Nov 23, 2014 News by Gary Searing
Bird strike is a source of distress for military airports. A bird might seem to have a little impact on a combat plane, but should not be taken lightly. For instance, if a mallard weighing 900 grams crashes into a fighter flying 370 kilometers per hour, the impact is equivalent to 4.8 tons. If the […]

Nigeria: 100 Passengers Escape Air Disaster

Nov 23, 2014 News by Gary Searing
Source: Vanguard What would have been a disaster at the Margret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar, Cross River State, was averted by the expertise of the pilot after a bird strike caused one of the engines of a Boeing 737 / 800 series to malfunction. The plane (name withheld) belongs to a Nigerian airline. It had […]

Bird strikes up a third at New York City’s major airports

Nov 23, 2014 News by Gary Searing
Source: Newsday, Melville, N.Y. Uptick in strikes has happened while the total number of flights has fallen off by a few thousand since 2009 at Kennedy and Newark airports Collisions between birds and airplanes have risen 31 percent at the New York City area's major airports in the past two years, according to federal government […]

Dana: Dual engine failure, bird strike may have caused crash

Nov 23, 2014 News by Gary Searing
Source: BusinessDay The pilot of the Dana Air plane that crashed in on Sunday, killing all 153 people on board, called the control tower to report dual engine failure shortly before going down. Aviation minister, Stella Oduah, made the disclosure on Wednesday while speaking with journalist at the presidential villa. "It was shortly after the […]