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Nigeria: Two Bird Strikes in Less than 24 Hours, Authorities to meet


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Only 24 hours after an Aero Contractor aircraft was struck by a bird at Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA), a Max Air Boeing 737 was also struck by a bird on Tuesday afternoon at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (AKIA), Kano.

The Max Air aircraft 5N: BBM was carrying 140 passengers including the Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, and 139 other passengers.

Tourteleraph has learned that the aircraft had departed Kano for Abuja airport at 1:21 pm, but was forced to return nine minutes later when three engine blades were struck by birds on take-off at the airport.

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Bird strikes on aircraft generate a loud sound that causes passengers to become agitated.

Pilot-in-command is believed to have informed passengers about the nature of the incident and returned to base to disembark them.

Capt. Musa Nuhu, the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) confirmed and explained that NCAA had immediately called for a meeting with the management 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 strike could cause grave damage to aircraft.

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