BEVERLY HILLS, May 18, (THEWILL) – Barely 24 hours after an Aero Contractor aircraft was involved in a bird strike incident at Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA), another one involving Aminu Ado Bayero, the Emir of Kano and 139 other passengers of Max Air, has occurred.
The bird strike incident took place Tuesday afternoon at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Kano.
THE WILL 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 twisted by a bird strike on take-off from the airport.
The attack caused a big bang in the aircraft and brought agitations to the onboard passengers who were unsure of the kind of attack the airplane suffered.
It was also gathered that the plane immediately after the attack shook, made a heavy noise and vibrated in the air.
According to industry sources, the Pilot-In-Command (PIC) later informed the passengers about the nature of the incident and returned to base to offload the passengers.
Capt. Musa Nuhu, the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), confirmed the incident.
Nuhu said that the incident was similar to the one that happened on Monday in Port Harcourt to one of Aero Contractors’ planes.
He 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 strikes could cause grave damage to planes.
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Anthony Awunor, is a business correspondent who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Linguistics (UNILAG). He is also an alumnus of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria Kaduna State. He lives in Lagos.