MUMBAI — The major American carrier FedEx (FX) aircraft was involved in a bird strike at Delhi International Airport (DEL), which is bound for Dubai International Airport (DXB).
FedEx Bird Strike News
The full emergency was declared at Delhi Airport today as FedEx flight FX5279 was hit by a bird soon after takeoff. The aircraft took off at 10:46 am, and within 1000 feet, it was hit by a bird.
The aircraft made an emergency landing back at Delhi Int’l Airport. Subsequently, it took off again at 1:44 Pm and is currently airborne and is about to reach Dubai Int’l Airport.
Such news is common nowadays, but Delhi has been in the news for quite some days. Furthermore, several other flights were diverted to an alternate aerodrome for a few days due to bad weather around Delhi Airport.
The aircraft involved in the incident is Boeing 777 freight aircraft and has registration N880FD. It is registered in the United States and is around 15 years old. The aircraft is named as Kaleb by an American logistic company and is powered by two GE90 engines.
The aircraft was earlier delivered to Air France (AF) and, within one year, was delivered to FedEx.
According to Planespotters.net data, the FX has a fleet of 483 aircraft. It includes 53 Boeing 777s and various other Airbus, ATR, Boeing, Cessna, and Mc Douglas cargo planes.
The airline is headquartered in Memphis and counts it as a superhub while it has dozens of other hubs. The airline flies to more than 375 destinations across the world.
The bird strike news of FedEx has led to more awareness about such events. The airport needs to take necessary actions to avoid such incidents, which can lead to major mishaps if avoided.
However, all passengers were safe, and the plane landed safely, took off again after maintenance, and was a few minutes short of landing in Dubai.