KLM B773 at Accra on Sep 3rd 2021, rejected takeoff due to bird strike

Last Update: September 6, 2021 / 06:25:41 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Sep 3, 2021

Classification
Incident

Airline
KLM

Flight number
KL-590

Departure
Accra, Ghana

Aircraft Registration
PH-BVK

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-300

ICAO Type Designator
B773

A KLM Boeing 777-300, registration PH-BVK performing flight KL-590 from Accra (Ghana) to Amsterdam (Netherlands), was accelerating for takeoff from Accra's runway 03 when the crew rejected takeoff at high speed (about 145 knots over ground) due to a bird strike at about 22:39L (22:39Z). The aircraft slowed safely, vacated the runway at the end and became disabled on the parallel taxiway due to a number of tyres deflating. The aircraft was towed to the apron about 30 minutes after becoming disabled on the taxiway.

The airport reported the aircraft rejected takeoff from runway 21 due to a bird strike near the windshield. The aircraft was subsequently towed to the apron. The passengers disembarked and were taken to various hotels.

ADS-B data transmitted by the transponder of the aircraft make clear the aircraft was accelerating for takeoff from runway 03 and rejected takeoff at about 145 knots over ground.

Passengers reported they were told one of the engines (GE90) ingested a bird prompting the takeoff to be rejected. The right hand main tyres deflated during taxiing back to the apron.

Ghana's AIB have opened an investigation into the occurrence.

The aircraft remained on the ground in Accra for about 27:15 hours, then departed as flight KL-590D and reached Amsterdam with a delay of 27.5 hours about 2 hours after the regular flight KL-590 of Sep 4th 2021 (performed by PH-BVA).
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Sep 3, 2021

Classification
Incident

Airline
KLM

Flight number
KL-590

Departure
Accra, Ghana

Aircraft Registration
PH-BVK

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-300

ICAO Type Designator
B773

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