Delta MD90 at Houston on Nov 5th 2019, bird strike

Last Update: November 6, 2019 / 17:38:48 GMT/Zulu time

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Nov 5, 2019


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A Delta Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-90, registration N910DN performing flight DL-2319 from Houston Intercontinental,TX to Atlanta,GA (USA) with 132 passengers and 6 crew, was climbing through about 6000 feet when the crew reported they had hit a bunch of birds, impacts at the cockpit, engines were fine, there was possibly a leak at the right hand side. The aircraft returned to Houston Intercontinental for an approach to runway 26L but went around on short final due to the nose gear indicating unsafe. Tower and other aircraft confirmed the nose gear was down and appeared to be in position. The crew advised they would keep their gear down while positioning for another approach to runway 26L. The aircraft landed safely on runway 26L about 30 minutes after departure and about 15 minutes after the go around. The aircraft stopped on the runway for an inspection by emergency services and subsequently taxied to the apron with emergency services in trail.

The FAA reported the aircraft sustained unknown damage following a bird strike on takeoff.

A replacement MD-88 registration N996DL reached Atlanta with a delay of 8 hours.

The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground for about 23.5 hours before returning to service.
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Nov 5, 2019


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