Beak to Beak With A Boeing.

  • Mar 14, 2016 5:42am GMT

A bird strike with an EgyptAir passenger on its descent into Heathrow Airport made significant damage to the nose cone of the Boeing 737-800. There were 71 passengers onboard and the crew was able to land safely. The flight from Cairo was grounded for about 21 hours while a new nose cone was attached before the jet returned to Cairo.

A Heathrow Airport employee, Paul Clare posted images of the damaged plane on his Twitter page (see below). Senior procurement specialist at EgyptAir, Amir Hashim also took photos and said on his Facebook page, “SU-GDZ operating yesterday evening’s MS779 arrival suffered a bird strike on approach. The damage caused is clearly evident and SU-GDZ will be grounded until a new radome is fitted. Now, who has a spare?” (photos above & below)

Less than a year ago at an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) meeting in Cairo, Egypt filed a report on wildlife hazards management saying, "Due to growing traffic, comprised of greater numbers of quieter aircrafts, and the increase in wildlife populations, greater effort is required to control and monitor wildlife movements on and within the vicinity of airports."

According to the FAA, in the United States, 99,530 wildlife strikes to civil aircraft occurred between 1990 and 2014, including 8,659 strikes causing damage.