Comair B733 at Durban on Jan 2nd 2013, bird strike

Last Update: January 7, 2013 / 12:10:48 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jan 2, 2013

Classification
Incident

Airline
Comair

Flight number
MN-6324

Aircraft Registration
ZS-OKG

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-300

ICAO Type Designator
B733

A Comair Boeing 737-300 on behalf of British Airways, registration ZS-OKG performing flight MN-6324/BA-6324 from Durban to Port Elizabeth (South Africa) with 102 passengers, was struck by a yellow-billed kite while on takeoff from Durban beyond V1 at about 08:00L (06:00Z). The crew continued takeoff and in absence of abnormal indications continued the flight to Port Elizabeth, where the aircraft landed safely.

A postflight inspection revealed a large dent at the aircraft nose. The damage caused ripple on effects throughout the Comair/British Airways South Africa Network causing delays of up to 5 hours during the evening of Jan 2nd.

A passenger thus reported on South African aviation bulletin board AvCom the captain of his flight in the evening came out of the cockpit and facing the passengers made an announcement explaining their 4.5 hour delay with a bird strike at Port Elizabeth. The passenger quoted the captain subsequently stating: "I know some of you are irritable, and trust me we are in this together, but I will NOT take any nonesense from any unruly passengers who decide to give my cabin crew a hard time. Understood?", which had the cabin break into joyous applause.

The incident aircraft was able to resume service the following day.

On Jan 7th the airline confirmed a bird strike on flight MN-6324, the incident aircraft was replaced after landing in Port Elizabeth. The replacement aircraft had to be ferried in, which resulted in delays and impacted the flight schedule for the remainder of the day.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jan 2, 2013

Classification
Incident

Airline
Comair

Flight number
MN-6324

Aircraft Registration
ZS-OKG

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-300

ICAO Type Designator
B733

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