Malta A320 at Athens on Jan 31st 2014, bird strike

Last Update: January 31, 2014 / 21:27:51 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jan 31, 2014

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air Malta

Flight number
KM-780

Departure
Malta, Malta

Destination
Athens, Greece

Aircraft Registration
9H-AEQ

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

An Air Malta Airbus A320-200, registration 9H-AEQ performing flight KM-780 from Malta (Malta) to Athens (Greece), was on final ILS approach to Athens' runway 03L when a bird impacted the aircraft. The crew continued for a safe landing on runway 03L.

The aircraft could not continue the flight to Sofia (Bulgaria). A replacement Airbus A320-200 registration 9H-AEN positioned to Athens and continued the flight to Sofia reaching Sofia with a delay of 6:45 hours.

The airline confirmed a bird strike on approach to Athens followed by a normal landing. According to standard procedures the aircraft needed to be checked out, engineers were flown from Malta to Athens. To minimize disruptions a replacement aircraft was dispatched to Athens to continue the flight.

The incident aircraft was able to position back to Malta 11 hours after landing and resumed service.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jan 31, 2014

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air Malta

Flight number
KM-780

Departure
Malta, Malta

Destination
Athens, Greece

Aircraft Registration
9H-AEQ

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

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