United A320 at Tampa on Mar 15th 2018, flock of birds

Last Update: March 15, 2018 / 23:02:50 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Mar 15, 2018

Classification
Incident

Airline
United

Flight number
UA-2051

Aircraft Registration
N433UA

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

A United Airbus A320-200, registration N433UA performing flight UA-2051 from Tampa,FL to San Francisco,CA (USA) with 132 passengers and 5 crew, was in the initial climb out of Tampa's runway 01L when the crew, still on tower frequency, reported they had taken a number of bird strikes during the takeoff roll, a number of bangs were heard, they weren't sure about any damage and wanted to continue their departure, a number of birds probably were on the runway. About a minute later the crew reported they had a problem with the pitot #2 and wanted to return. The aircraft levelled off at 6000 feet and entered a hold. A runway inspection found and recovered multiple birds on the runway. The flight crew decided to burn off fuel for about 3 hours and returned to Tampa for a safe landing on runway 01L about 3.5 hours after departure.

A replacement A320-200 registration N453UA is estimated to reach San Francisco with a delay of 8 hours.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Mar 15, 2018

Classification
Incident

Airline
United

Flight number
UA-2051

Aircraft Registration
N433UA

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

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