Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Bird strike causes Air Asia X to divert

AIR ASIA X A330-343 9M-XXT (CN 1549)                 File Photo 

An Air Asia X flight with 359 people on board diverted to Brisbane Airport last night after suffering a suspected bird strike to the no.2 engine after takeoff from the Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta.
The aircraft with flight number D7-207 was en route from Auckland, New Zealand (AKL/ NZAA) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL/WMKK), Malaysia via Coolangatta (OOL/YBCG) Australia.

The aircraft departed from runway 32 at Coolangatta Airport at 22:49 hours local time.
After the suspected bird strike, the flight crew stopped the climb at 3800 feet. The flight then positioned for an approach to Brisbane Airport, where a safe landing was carried out on runway 01 at 23:10 hours.
After a runway inspection in Coolangatta two bird remains were found on the runway.

Aircraft Information

Aircraft: Airbus A330-343
Operator: Air Asia X
Registration: 9M-XXT
Serial Number: 1549
Engines: 2 x RR Trent 772B-60
First Flew: 1st July 2014
Age: 3 yrs
Test Registration: F-WWKD

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