Alitalia A332 at Rio de Janeiro on May 1st 2018, bird strike

Last Update: May 5, 2018 / 16:06:24 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 1, 2018

Classification
Incident

Airline
Alitalia

Flight number
AZ-673

Aircraft Registration
EI-EJH

Aircraft Type
Airbus A330-200

ICAO Type Designator
A332

An Alitalia Airbus A330-200, registration EI-EJH performing flight AZ-673 from Rio de Janeiro Galeao,RJ (Brazil) to Rome Fiumicino (Italy), was climbing out of Rio's runway 10 when a bird impacted the aircraft. In the absence of any abnormal indication the crew continued the climb and was enroute at FL350 about 350nm northnortheast of Rio de Janeiro when the crew decided to turn around and return to Rio de Janeiro. The aircraft landed safely back on Rio's runway 28 about 2 hours after departure.

A replacement A330-200 registration EI-EJM positioned from Rome to Rio as flight AZ-8000 departing Rome about 14 hours after EI-EJH landed back, resumed the flight and reached Rome as flight AZ-8673 with a delay of 32.5 hours.

The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Rio de Janeiro about 50 hours after landing back.

The airline confirmed the aircraft sustained a bird strike prompting the crew to return to Rio de Janeiro.

A ground observer reported hearing a loud bang from the direction of the aircraft right after the aircraft became airborne.

On May 5th 2018 The Aviation Herald learned that the bird strike affected the #1 engine (CF6, left hand). The aircraft was towed to a hangar for maintenance.
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
EI-EJH
Country of Registration
Ireland
Date of Registration
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Manufacturer
AIRBUS INDUSTRIE
Aircraft Model / Type
A330-202
ICAO Aircraft Type
A332
Year of Manufacture
Serial Number
Aircraft Address / Mode S Code (HEX)
Maximum Take off Mass (MTOM) [kg]
Engine Count
Engine
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 1, 2018

Classification
Incident

Airline
Alitalia

Flight number
AZ-673

Aircraft Registration
EI-EJH

Aircraft Type
Airbus A330-200

ICAO Type Designator
A332

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