BARELY 24 hours after an Aero Contractor aircraft was involved in a bird strike incident at Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA), a Max Air boeing 737 on Tuesday afternoon also experienced a similar bird strike incident at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (AKIA), Kano
The Max Air aircraft 5N: BBM had inside, 140 passengers including the Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero and 139 other passengers.READ ALSO: Bird Strike: Aero Contractors’ pilot followed procedure- DG NCAA
NigerianFLIGHTDECK learnt that the aircraft had departed Kano for Abuja airport at 1:21pm, but made an air return barely nine minutes later when three engine blades were struck by birds on take-off at the airport.
The bird strike caused a huge sound on the aircraft causing agitations among the passengers.
The pilot-in-command was said to have informed the passengers about the nature of the incident and returned to base to disembark the passengers. READ ALSO: Bird strike: How FAAN dispersed thousands of birds to safeguard MMA aerodrome
Capt. Musa Nuhu, the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) confirmed the incident to our correspondent on phone explained that 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.