Air China B744 at Madrid on May 9th 2020, bird strike

Last Update: May 11, 2020 / 08:42:53 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 9, 2020

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air China

Flight number
CA-908

Departure
Madrid, Spain

Destination
Tianjing, China

Aircraft Registration
B-2445

Aircraft Type
Boeing 747-400

ICAO Type Designator
B744

An Air China Boeing 747-400, registration B-2445 performing flight CA-908 from Madrid,SP (Spain) to Tianjing (China), was in the initial climb out of Madrid's runway 14R when the #1 engine (PW4056, outboard left hand) ingested a bird prompting the crew to stop the climb at FL120 and return to Madrid for a safe landing on runway 18L about one hour after departure.

Passengers reported they were unaware of any problem until the captain announced they were returning to Madrid due to a bird strike.

China's Embassy in Spain reported a number of fan blades were damaged as result of the bird strike.

On May 11th 2020 The Aviation Herald learned that the damage of a number of fan blade exceeded permitted limits, all 38 fan blades are being replaced.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 9, 2020

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air China

Flight number
CA-908

Departure
Madrid, Spain

Destination
Tianjing, China

Aircraft Registration
B-2445

Aircraft Type
Boeing 747-400

ICAO Type Designator
B744

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