Comair B733 at Durban on Jan 2nd 2013, bird strike
Last Update: January 7, 2013 / 12:10:48 GMT/Zulu time
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.
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