Lufthansa A321 at Dusseldorf on Nov 2nd 2016, rejected takeoff due to flock of geese

Last Update: November 3, 2016 / 19:26:58 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Nov 2, 2016

Classification
Incident

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-2025

Destination
Munich, Germany

Aircraft Registration
D-AIDX

Aircraft Type
Airbus A321

ICAO Type Designator
A321

A Lufthansa Airbus A321-200, registration D-AIDX performing flight LH-2025 from Dusseldorf to Munich (Germany), was accelerating for takeoff from Dusseldorf's runway 23L when the crew rejected takeoff at high speed, slowed safely, vacated the runway via taxiway L5 about 1650 meters/5500 feet down the runway and returned to the apron.

A passenger reported the captain announced the crew had spotted a goose that was about to cross their flight path.

The aircraft remained on the ground for about 70 minutes, then taxied out, departed and reached Munich with a delay of 70 minutes.

On Nov 3rd 2016 The Aviation Herald learned there was a large flock of geese crossing the departure path of the aircraft. The captain reasoned that had they continued the departure they would undoubtedly have flown into the flock, therefore the captain rejected takeoff as a precaution.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Nov 2, 2016

Classification
Incident

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-2025

Destination
Munich, Germany

Aircraft Registration
D-AIDX

Aircraft Type
Airbus A321

ICAO Type Designator
A321

This article is published under license from Avherald.com. © of text by Avherald.com.
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