Thursday, February 11, 2021

Alitalia flight AZ884 to Malta IAP rejects take-off from Rome-Fiumico due to a bird strike

An Alitalia Airbus A319-100 (EI-IMM), performing flight AZ-884 (on 9-Feb-2021) from Rome-Fiumicino (Italy) to Malta IAP (Malta), was accelerating for take-off from Fiumicino's RWY 25 when the crew rejected take-off at high speed (about 110 knots over ground) due to a bird strike.  The aircraft slowed safely and returned to the apron.  A replacement A319 (EI-IMG) reached Malta with a delay of 2.5 hours.

A passenger reported they heard a bang from the left hand side and an orange flash from the left engine (CFM56), immediately afterwards the brakes came on.  The flight attendants announced the take-off had been aborted and more information would follow, the captain subsequently announced that a bird strike had occurred, they would disembark and board another aircraft. 

(Source: avherald.com, 11-Feb-2021)