SilkAir flight lands safely in Brunei after bird strike

SilkAir flight lands safely in Brunei after bird strike
PHOTO: The Straits Times

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - Singapore Airlines confirmed its Airbus A320-200 recently sustained external damage after it was struck by a bird on approach to Brunei International Airport.

The group's regional subsidiary, SilkAir, was performing flight SQ-182 from the city-state to Bandar Seri Begawan last Sunday when a bird reportedly collided with the left wing of the aircraft, according to a local representative.

The single-aisle aircraft continued for a safe landing despite a large dent and punctured leading edge caused by the bird-strike.

A replacement aircraft was used to operate the return flight SQ-181 with a delay of less than six hours. Meanwhile, the damaged A320-200 underwent repairs before it was cleared to fly back to Singapore on Tuesday.

Singapore Airlines said it was the first time its aircraft was involved in a bird-strike in Brunei but noted that similar incidents have occurred to other airlines in the past.

The flag carrier, which flies to 49 destinations across 12 countries through its regional wing, takes pride in its safety record and reiterated that passenger safety is its utmost priority. SilkAir received top marks in a safety rating by aviation editors on AirlineRatings.com.

"The bird-strike on Sunday posed no risk to passenger safety," said its representative, adding that safety checks were taken to ensure the repaired aircraft's airworthiness.

In its flight operations briefing notes, Airbus pointed out that bird-strikes are common, as pilots may expect to encounter from two to five incidents during their career. The majority of bird-strikes occur at very low altitudes below 500 feet above ground level.

Only seven per cent of bird-strikes occur on the wings with 15 to 20 per cent of bird-strikes causing damage to the aircraft.

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