'Bird strike' forces plane to return to Zaventem
9 August 2005, BRUSSELS — An SN Brussels Airlines (SNBA) flight was forced to return to Zaventem Airport shortly after takeoff on Tuesday after a bird flew into one of the plane's engines.
9 August 2005
BRUSSELS — An SN Brussels Airlines (SNBA) flight was forced to return to Zaventem Airport shortly after takeoff on Tuesday after a bird flew into one of the plane's engines.
"It was a precautionary landing and the passengers were never at any moment in danger," a spokesman for the airline SNBA said.
The four-engine Avro RJ-85-toestel had just taken off from the Brussels international airport and was flying to Venice with 68 passengers when a bird was caught in one of its engines.
The pilot noticed the fault and decided to return to the airport immediately. "Normally, a four-engine plane can fly perfectly with three engines, but it is safer of course to turn back and verify if there is not too much damage," spokesman Geert Sciot said.
The spokesman also said passengers were informed and remained claim throughout the incident, newspaper 'Het Gazet van Antwerpen' reported.
The landing was defined as precautionary rather than an emergency. Nevertheless, standard measures were taken and firefighters dispatched to await the plane's arrival.
Airlines are confronted every year with several "bird strikes", most of which occur along the African coast where it is difficult to drive the birds away.
At Zaventem, like most other airports, a special 'bird patrol' is used to hunt the bird populations away from the runways. Among the tools used are cars with "frightening" noises, Sciot said.
The 68 passengers on the Venice-bound flight were forced to transfer to another plane and departed again at about 11.30am.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news