Virgin Australia Flight's Dramatic Bird Strike Emergency Landing

A Virgin Australia flight from Queenstown to Melbourne experienced an emergency landing after possible bird strike caused engine failure. The Boeing 737-800 safely landed at Invercargill airport. Bird strikes are a common aviation hazard, with significant measures in place to mitigate risks.

PTI | Rockhampton | Updated: 19-06-2024 10:37 IST | Created: 19-06-2024 10:37 IST
Virgin Australia Flight's Dramatic Bird Strike Emergency Landing
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In a dramatic turn of events on Monday, Virgin Australia flight VA 148, en route from Queenstown, New Zealand to Melbourne, was forced to make an emergency landing after its right engine emitted loud bangs and flames shortly after takeoff.

With 73 passengers and crew onboard, the Boeing 737-800 pilot managed to land safely at nearby Invercargill airport using the remaining engine. Virgin Australia attributed the emergency to a 'possible bird strike,' although Queenstown Airport disputed this, stating no birds were detected on the airfield.

Bird strikes are a perennial risk in aviation. They can cause severe damage and have even led to fatalities. Between 2008 and 2017, there were 16,626 reported bird strikes in Australia, while the U.S. saw 17,200 incidents in 2022 alone.

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