Thursday, April 11, 2013

Air Malta A320 returns to Malta IAP due to a possible bird strike on departure

An Air Malta Airbus A320-200 (9H-AEN), performing flight KM454 from Malta IAP to Lyon-St Exupery (France), was climbing out RWY 23 when the crew reported to Malta ATC of a possible bird strike to an engine on departure. The crew stopped the climb and returned to Malta IAP for a safe landing about 30 minutes after departure. A spokesman for Air Malta said the aircraft returned to Malta as a precautionary measure. After the aircraft by inspected by Air Malta engineers, it was certified safe and resumed the flight to Lyon after 1-hr. (11-Apr-2013)