Barely 24 hours after the bird strike encountered by Aero Contractors at Port Harcourt International Airport, Max Air yesterday got involved in another incident of bird strike at the Aminu Kano International Airport (AKIA), Kano.
Aboard the aircraft were the Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, and 139 other passengers.
It was gathered that the aircraft, a Boeing 737 aircraft with the registration number: 5N: BBM had departed Kano for Abuja Airport at 1:21pm, but made an air return barely nine minutes later when three engine blades were attacked by birds on take-off at the Airport.
The attack caused a big bang on the aircraft and brought agitations to the onboard passengers who were unsure of the kind of attack the airplane suffered.
It was learnt that the plane immediately after the attack, made a heavy noise and vibrated in the air and the Pilot-in-command later informed the passengers about the nature of the incident and returned to base to disembark the passengers.
The Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) confirmed the incident saying it was similar to the one that happened on Monday in Port Harcourt to one of Aero Contractors’ aircraft.
He disclosed that the NCAA had immediately called for a meeting with the managements of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) to deliberate on how such occurrence could be curbed in the future, stressing that bird strike could cause grave damage to aircraft.
“We are meeting with FAAN and NAMA on this issue of bird strike,” he said.