KLM B772 at Amsterdam on Feb 28th 2021, bird strike

Last Update: March 2, 2021 / 15:36:58 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Feb 28, 2021

Classification
Incident

Airline
KLM

Flight number
KL-515

Aircraft Registration
PH-BQD

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-200

ICAO Type Designator
B772

A KLM Boeing 777-200, registration PH-BQD performing flight KL-515 from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Zanzibar (Tanzania), was climbing out of Amsterdam's runway 09 when the aircraft received a bird strike(s) onto the left hand engine (GE90). In the absence of abnormal indications the crew continued the flight. The aircraft was enroute at FL350 about 100nm southeast of Athens (Greece) when the crew decided to return to Amsterdam. The aircraft climbed to FL360 for the return, later over Bosnia and Herzegovina descended the aircraft to FL280, climbed to FL340 again over Germany east of Frankfurt/Main (Germany) and landed safely back on Amsterdam's runway 06 about 5:50 hours after departure.

On Mar 2nd 2021 The Aviation Herald received information that the crew, in contact with Athens Radar, reported both engines were operating entirely normal, however, if they continued to Zanzibar the aircraft would be grounded there for many days due to lack of maintenance crews there, hence they were returning to Amsterdam for repairs. A photo had identified the damage to the engine inlet (editorial note: unclear whether a passenger photo).

A replacement Boeing 777-200 registration PH-BQC reached Zanzibar with a delay of about 7 hours.
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
PH-BQD
Country of Registration
Netherlands
Date of Registration
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Airworthyness Category
Legal Basis
Manufacturer
The Boeing Company
Aircraft Model / Type
777-200
ICAO Aircraft Type
B772
Year of Manufacture
Serial Number
Aircraft Address / Mode S Code (HEX)
Maximum Take off Mass (MTOM) [kg]
Engine Count
Engine
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Engine Type
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Feb 28, 2021

Classification
Incident

Airline
KLM

Flight number
KL-515

Aircraft Registration
PH-BQD

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-200

ICAO Type Designator
B772

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