Bird strike damages 737 when landing at Heathrow

Bird strike damages 737 when landing at Heathrow

A bird strike damaged the nose of an EgyptAir aircraft as it landed at Heathrow.

More than 70 passengers were on board when the Boeing 737-800 was smothered in blood and feathers in the collision.

The aircraft, arriving from Cairo, landed safely at the west London airport on Friday.

It flew back to Egypt on Saturday after being fitted with a new radome, which protects antenna from atmospheric and physical damage, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Amir Hashim, a senior procurement specialist at EgyptAir, photographed the 737 after it sustained the impact.

He said: “The damage caused is clearly evident and SU-GDZ will be grounded until a new radome is fitted. Now, who has a spare?”

Estimates suggest that 90% of bird strikes occur at or near airports.


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