Category: News

Two killed in Durban helicopter crash

May 3, 2021 News by Gary Searing
KZN police have confirmed two people died in a helicopter crash in Durban on Monday morning. Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said a helicopter crashed on the M19, near the N2 freeway, at around 8.15am. “It is alleged that the plane crashed on the island in the Umgeni River. Two pilots, believed to be in […]

Flight Safety Investigation Report for Kamloops Snowbirds accident

Mar 29, 2021 News by Gary Searing
The Royal Canadian Air Force’s Directorate of Flight Safety, as the Airworthiness Investigative Authority for the Canadian Armed Forces, has concluded its investigation into an accident involving a CT-114 Tutor aircraft of 431 (Air Demonstration) Squadron on May 17, 2020 in the vicinity of Kamloops, British Columbia that claimed the life of Captain Jenn Casey […]

British Airways Boeing 777-300ER Suffers Bird Strikes In Nigeria

Jan 3, 2021 News by Gary Searing
Last week, a British Airways Boeing 777-300ER experienced a bird strike while landing in Lagos, Nigeria. The multiple impacts led to issues such as a hydraulic leak, causing smoke to emanate from the aircraft’s landing gear. However, the response from emergency services was said to have been rather slow. British Airways flight BA75 is a […]

Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 Damaged After Bird Strikes

Jan 3, 2021 News by Gary Searing
Today, a Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 freighter struck a flock of birds during takeoff at Istanbul, Turkey. The plane was heading to Almaty, Kazakhstan when the incident happened. According to, the aircraft involved in the incident holds registration TC-LJN and was operating flight TK6220, which was a cargo service. Following the strike, the crew entered […]

PLAAF Fighter Jet Crashes After Bird Strike, Pilot Ejected Safely

Oct 5, 2020 News by Gary Searing
The People’s Liberation Army Air Force fighter jet encountered a bird strike upon takeoff. On Oct. 5, the People’s Liberation Army Daily reported that pilot Wang Jiandong relayed encountering a bird strike shortly after takeoff. The engine’s in-flight shutdown warning immediately began flashing, and the display screen went black. After five seconds, emergency backup power […]

NCF Commemorates Vulture Day, Talks Conservation

Sep 22, 2020 News by Gary Searing
While this is an article focused on vulture conservation, it is of particular interest because of the statistic estimating 1500 vultures struck by aircraft per year in Nigeria. Vultures have been responsible for more fatal crashes than any other avian group; therefore, this results in a very high level of risk in Nigeria and the […]

Snowbirds may soon fly home from Kamloops Airport

Aug 20, 2020 News by Gary Searing
Airport manager Ed Ratuski said the planes have been getting ready to depart and Brocklehurst residents have likely noticed more activity around them as they get ready to leave. The Snowbirds jets that have been grounded at Kamloops Airport for more than three months could soon be on the move to their home base in […]

Bird strike damages Airbus radome

Jul 6, 2020 News by Gary Searing
A US passenger jet was forced to divert and land after it reported a problem with its navigation equipment. The Delta Airlines A319 was carrying 43 passengers between Palm Beach, Florida, and New York’s LaGuardia airport on Monday night when the navigation issue forced it to land at JFK airport. When the plane landed, the […]