Bengaluru-bound Akasa Air flight suffers bird strike


A Bangalore-bound Akasa Air flight from Mumbai returned to the city airport due to a burning smell in the cabin, which later turned out to be due to a bird strike, a DGCA official said on Saturday.

Taking note of the situation, the pilot took prompt action returning the passengers and the plane safely to Mumbai Airport. There was no confirmation on the number of passengers on board the flight.

Notably, flight number Akasa Air QP-1103 was involved in the incident. The flight landed at Mumbai Airport and all passengers are safe. The incident happened while the plane was completing its flight QP-1103.

Akasa Air started its operations on August 7 this year.

Akasa Air later confirmed that its Bangalore flight returned to Mumbai due to odour in the cabin, resulting from the bird hit. In a statement said, the airline said: “The aircraft landed safely in Mumbai and all passengers were deboarded. Arrangements were made to accommodate their journey.”

“Akasa Air flight QP 1103 flying from Mumbai to Bengaluru on October 14 diverted back to Mumbai due to odour in the cabin resulting from a bird hit. The aircraft landed safely in Mumbai and all passengers were deboarded. The aircraft was positioned for a detailed inspection and has now returned to service.”

Akasa Air, spokesperson.

The DGCA official said, however, no other abnormality including in engine parameters was observed.

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“The aircraft VT-YAE, operating Akasa Air flight AKJ1103 from Mumbai for Bangalore was involved in air turnback due to the burning smell felt in the cabin. The smell increased as the thrust was increased.

After landing during the inspection, bird remains were found on engine number 1 of the aircraft,” and added that, “the burning smell was due to bird strike.”

An official said.
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According to a DGCA official, bird remains were found on an engine of the aircraft during inspection.

Akasa Air has been aggressively scaling up its operations and have crossed 250 flights per week, along a total of nine routes.

Akasa Air’s fleet size will be 18 aircraft (B737 MAX) by the end of March 2023 and over the next four years, the airline will add 54 additional aircraft, taking its total fleet size to 72.

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