Alitalia A320 at Rome on Dec 16th 2020, rejected takeoff due to conflicting departure

Last Update: December 19, 2020 / 16:41:57 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 16, 2020

Classification
Incident

Airline
Alitalia

Flight number
AZ-204

Aircraft Registration
EI-EIC

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

An Alitalia Airbus A320-200, registration EI-EIC performing flight AZ-204 from Rome Fiumicino (Italy) to London Heathrow,EN (UK), was accelerating for takeoff from Fiumicino's runway 25 when the crew observed a flock of birds, believed to be gulls, sitting on the runway and preparing for departure. The crew rejected takeoff at low speed (about 74 knots over ground), the birds flew up and departed, while the crew brought the aircraft down to taxi speed, vacated the runway avoiding a bird strike, returned to the threshold runway 25 and departed without further conflict, from a then unoccupied runway, about 17 minutes after the rejected takeoff. The aircraft landed in London without further incident about 10 minutes past schedule.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 16, 2020

Classification
Incident

Airline
Alitalia

Flight number
AZ-204

Aircraft Registration
EI-EIC

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

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