An Air India Regional ATR-72 operated by Alliance Air skilled a chicken strike throughout its descent to Dharamsala/Kangra Airport. Flying from Chandigarh, the incident passed off on March twentieth with a photograph of the plane displaying injury to the wing, near the fuselage. Whereas injury signifies a big chicken and vital influence, the plane landed safely, delivering 45 passengers to their vacation spot.
It seems that flight 9I714 was a reasonably routine journey for many of the 28 minutes of flight time. The ATR 72-600 departed from Chandigarh (IXC) at 13:26 for Dharamsala (DHM) – also called Kangra Airport.
Nevertheless, in the course of the plane’s descent to Dharamsala, it skilled a serious chicken strike. The Twitter publish by JADEC notes that the chicken concerned was probably a raptor – a chicken of prey. These birds can get fairly giant and have a broad wingspan, which is evidenced by the Twitter picture under:
Air India Regional ATR-72 (VT-RKM) skilled main birdstrike (poss. raptor) whereas descending to Dharamsala Airport (VIGG) on flight #9I714 from Chandigarh. The flight with 45 passengers on board continued to land safely. https://t.co/66mbQZVR7l pic.twitter.com/I5JNt1baPs
— JACDEC (@JacdecNew) March 21, 2021
Fortunately, the plane carried out a secure touchdown with the 45 passengers it had onboard. The turboprop even arrived half-hour forward of schedule, at 13:54 native time.
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In regards to the incident plane
The plane concerned was an ATR 72-600 with registration VT-RKM. This three-year-old turboprop was operated by Alliance Air, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air India, based in 1996.
Planespotters.web notes that this specific ATR 72-600 is configured to seat 70 passengers in an all-economy structure. With producer serial quantity (MSN) 1463, it seems that the plane has solely ever flown with Alliance Air because it emerged from ATR services in Toulouse, France.
As for Alliance Air as a complete, it has a complete of 19 plane in its fleet. Practically all of those are ATR 72 turboprops ranging between three and 6 years outdated. Solely a single 26-year-old ATR 42 is listed on this fleet.
Sadly, chicken strikes are an occasional incidence on the planet of economic and normal aviation. These incidents most frequently happen throughout an plane’s take-off or descent and touchdown, when plane are flying on the identical top as most birds.
Earlier this 12 months, Easy Flying interviewed Captain Chris, a senior Airbus A350 coaching captain, and talked about how pilots take care of the danger of chicken strikes. On this subject, Captain Chris mentioned:
“Chook strikes should not frequent, however once more it relies on the scale of the plane and the scale of the chicken. A goose goes to trigger extra injury than a sparrow.”
One prevention tactic that may be followed- significantly in chicken hotspots- is to keep away from or decrease maneuvering at low altitudes to keep away from birds. Below 10,000 toes, pilots can preserve their velocity under 250 knots if attainable. Then, under 2,000 toes, they will climb or descend on the most price to scale back the flight time publicity to a strike hazard.
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