Dublin Airport Gets Bird Strike Landing

There were no injuries yesterday when a Ryanair flight from City of Derry Airport was forced to make an unscheduled landing at Dublin Airport.

It had been struck by a flock of birds, just after the plane began its journey to Birmingham.

Passengers were transferred onto another flight to Birmingham at about 4pm on Monday and a spokeswoman for Derry Airport said a report of the incident would be made to the relevant authorities.

"The aircraft was diverted to Dublin to allow technicians to check the aircraft," she said.

"The airport's bird hazard management procedures were in operation and a report of the incident will be made to relevant authorities."

Last November, 166 passengers had to be evacuated via escape chutes from a Ryanair plane which made an emergency landing at Rome's Ciampino airport after it was similarly struck by birds during its approach.

Ciampino, which is used by low cost carriers to Rome but is also a military and VIP airport, was closed after the Boeing 737-800, which had flown from Frankfurt Hahn, came to rest at end of the runway with the left hand engine resting on the tarmac. Firefighters covered the plane and surrounding area in fire retardant foam.

The Italian air safety agency ANSV said the aircraft had overshot the runway, "exiting beyond the threshold" during the landing.

Ryanair said the plane suffered "multiple bird strikes to both engines" during its approach to the airport.

It said the aircraft was brought to an emergency stop on the runway and all passengers exited safely - with just minor injuries, due to the evacuation.

The immediate closure of the airport caused a huge backlog and considerable disruption of flights for around 48 hours afterwards.

See: Birds Bring Ryanair Jet To Crashing Halt


Related Irish News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

15 November 2011
Minister Sorry To See DAA Chief Departure
The Minister for Transport has paid tribute to the outgoing Dublin Airport Authority Chief Executive for his role during a "very challenging time".
11 April 2008
Cork Airport Accepts Debt Deal
Cork Airport Authority (CAA) has put an end to their long-running dispute with Dublin Airport by accepting recommendations that it assume millions of euros in debt as the price of independence. Last night, the CAA held a crunch meeting and agreed 'in principle' to accept the debt, in return for its independent operations.
11 May 2010
Ryanair Flight In Emergency Landing
There's been an emergency landing at George Best Belfast City Airport today. A Ryanair plane travelling to London Stansted has turned back and has made a precautionary landing at the east Belfast airport after taking off on Tuesday.
28 October 2008
Tax Hit On 'Budget Airline' At Shannon May Boost NI
The Irish Government's controversial airport tax has led budget airline, Ryanair, to cut its passenger numbers through Shannon Airport from two million to a mere 750,000 - and to rekindle interest in expanding services at Northern Ireland airports.
15 February 2016
More Than 200 New Jobs Created At Dublin Airport
More than 200 new jobs are to be created at Dublin Airport by Swissport Ireland Ltd, following a period of growth which they said is expected to continue. The company said that it had seen growth of 23% and expected further growth of 10% in 2016.