Stork damages Norwegian plane

A Norwegian Air Shuttle Boeing 737-300, from London Gatwick, EN (UK) to Tromsø (Norway), was on initial climb about 20 seconds after liftoff on Aug. 8, when the airplane flew through a number of birds.

One stork hit the left hand wing, parts of the stork were ingested into the left hand engine resulting in a smell of burnt feathers in the cabin. The crew decided to return to Gatwick as a precaution though engine indications remained normal. The airplane landed safely, and a replacement aircraft was dispatched.

The airline said, that the stork had collided with the wing, part of the stork however had gone into the engine confirmed by a visual inspection after landing.


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