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AirAsia flight grounded after apparent bird strike damages engine

 

(Reuters) - Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia X said on Tuesday a flight from Australia to Malaysia was diverted and forced to land in Brisbane because an engine was damaged during take-off by what was thought to be a bird strike.

 

AirAsia X Flight D7207 was carrying 345 passengers and 14 crew when it took off from the Gold Coast tourist hub in northern Queensland state en route to Kuala Lumpur late on Monday, it said.

 

There were no reports of any injuries in the incident and AirAsia X did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

 

AirAsia said in a statement on its official Twitter account the flight was diverted "after experiencing a suspected bird strike to its starboard engine shortly after takeoff".

 

"Two bird remains were found on the runway," it said.

 

Passengers said the plane began shaking shortly after take-off.

 

"The plane started shuddering then there were a couple of loud bangs and a lot of light," Tim Joga told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper. Another passenger told the paper she saw flames coming from the right engine.

 

The plane was forced to land 100 km (60 miles) away at Brisbane, the Queensland capital, just 11.30 p.m. local time (1430 GMT), a spokesman for Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) said.

 

The CASA spokesman said AirAsia's engineers were expected to confirm the cause of the problem later on Tuesday.

 

(Reporting by Ben Cooper; Editing by Paul Tait)

 
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15 minutes ago, LazySlipper said:

Prolly took a week to be reported here...

 

 

It's not the same story. The plane reported on last week was taking off from Perth on the West coast 

it's a bit concerning to have two incidents involving the same airline so close to one another timewise

 

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1 hour ago, midas said:

It's not the same story. The plane reported on last week was taking off from Perth on the West coast 

it's a bit concerning to have two incidents involving the same airline so close to one another timewise

 

I live in Perth. The incident is still under investigation.  Engineers I know at the airport say there has been no official report yet and they have heard nothing about a possible bird strike. Not very likely seeing the plane was at about 30,000 ft at the time of the incident !

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30 minutes ago, jaiyen said:

I live in Perth. The incident is still under investigation.  Engineers I know at the airport say there has been no official report yet and they have heard nothing about a possible bird strike. Not very likely seeing the plane was at about 30,000 ft at the time of the incident !

I have never heard anyone even suggest that a bird strike was responsible for the engine trouble which caused Flight D7237 to turn back to Perth on 25 June? Only that it was an engine failure

 

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An AirAsia X Airbus A330-300, registration 9M-XXT performing flight D7-207 from Coolangatta,QL (Australia) to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) with 345 passengers and 14 crew, was in the initial climb out of Coolangatta's runway 32 when the crew stopped the climb at 4000 feet reporting problems with the right hand engine (Trent 772) and decided to divert to Brisbane,QL (Australia), located 50nm north of Coolangatta, where the aircraft landed safely about 20 minutes after departure.
 

http://avherald.com/h?article=4ab26714&opt=0

 

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