El Al B739 at Berlin on Mar 17th 2014, flock of birds

Last Update: March 21, 2014 / 13:55:13 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Mar 17, 2014

Classification
Incident

Airline
El Al

Flight number
LY-352

Destination
Tel Aviv, Israel

Aircraft Registration
4X-EHB

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-900

ICAO Type Designator
B739

An El Al Boeing 737-900, registration 4X-EHB performing flight LY-352 from Berlin Schoenefeld (Germany) to Tel Aviv (Israel), was climbing out of Schoenefeld's runway 25R when the crew stopped the climb at about 3600 feet, subsequently declared Mayday reporting bird strikes into both engines, both engines not (yet) showing abnormal readings. The aircraft was cleared to 5500 feet and was vectored for a return to Schoenefeld. While positioning for the approach the crew reported trouble with one of the engines. The aircraft landed safely on Schoenefeld's runway 25R about 30 minutes after departure. The aircraft received substantial damage to nose cone, leading edge of right hand wing and right hand engine as well as damage to the left hand pitot tube.

A Boeing 747-400 freighter registration 4X-ELF performed an unscheduled flight LY-803 to Berlin Schoenefeld the following day and delivered a new engine as well as a new nose cone for 4X-EHB.

Passenger Primoz Brezec reported the crew announced 4 birds hat hit the aircraft.

The airline reported maintenance identified 6 birds had impacted the aircraft, only the right hand engine ingested birds and sustained substantial damage. Three leading edge devices were damaged, one of them fractured, and the captain's pitot tube was damaged causing unreliable speed indications as result of the bird strikes.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Mar 17, 2014

Classification
Incident

Airline
El Al

Flight number
LY-352

Destination
Tel Aviv, Israel

Aircraft Registration
4X-EHB

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-900

ICAO Type Designator
B739

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