Incidents of hen strike have change into a supply of concern to airline operators who worry that if not checked it might end result to a significant accident.
To this finish, the airways have referred to as on the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to urgently curtail the motion of birds across the airports and flight paths on takeoff.
A hen strike is a collision between an airborne animal (often birds or bats) and an plane.
Whereas airstrikes are categorised as pure phenomenon that may very well be managed utilizing environmental methods, it nevertheless turns into worrisome when hen strike happens steadily, thereby distorting flight schedules and threatening air security.
As an illustration, early this week, in lower than 48 hours, two plane belonging to Aero Contractors and Max Air suffered hen strike, damaging the engine blades and inflicting pilots to make air return.
The Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero and 139 different passengers onboard Max Air flight that took off from the Aminu Kano Worldwide Airport (AKIA), Kano Tuesday, had been hit by a hen, which compelled one of many two-engine plane to malfunction, prompting the pilot to return to base.
Eyewitness account mentioned the assault induced an enormous bang on the plane and the passengers had been petrified with worry, as many went into bouts of prayer, not realizing what truly occurred to the plane.
Working with just one engine whereas gaining altitude on take, the plane was jolted, made heavy noise and vibrated within the air, because the pilot dexterously stabilised it and headed again to Kano airport to land.
Report additionally indicated that the pilot-in-command later knowledgeable the passengers concerning the nature of the incident and returned to base to disembark the passengers.
In the identical vein, on Might 17, 2021, Aero Contractors’ Port Harcourt-Abuja flight returned to Port Harcourt after one of many engines of the plane was hit by a hen couple of minutes after takeoff.
Equally, on March 21, 2021, a Lagos-bound Aero Contractors flight returned to Kano after one of many engines of the plane was hit by hen throughout takeoff.
The plane, with over 100 passengers onboard, made an air return to base barely quarter-hour after takeoff.
The flight, N2142, had de¬parted the airport at 9:30a.m, however returned to base about 09:45.
To the Chief Working Officer of Dana Air, Obi Mbanuzuo, frequent hen strike has change into a supply of fear to airways. He referred to as on FAAN to induce its wild life division to do every part potential to curtail the motion of birds across the airport.
He mentioned that Dana Air pilots have been urged to fastidiously monitor risk of hen strike earlier than taking off, conserving themselves abreast of hen flocks in communication with air visitors controllers.
The Managing Director of Aero Contractors, Captain Mahmoud Abdullahi advised THISDAY that the frequency of the hen strike has reached a worrisome degree that one thing pressing have to be carried out.
“That is getting an excessive amount of. The wild life and hazard folks in FAAN has to enhance of their job. This has occurred to us and has occurred to Max Air in Kano. The injury is costing us an excessive amount of. FAAN has to do one thing about this. These birds come up once they minimize grasses and stir the bugs and the hen will fly round on the lookout for the bugs to feed on.
“The frequency of the hen strike incidents sends a mistaken sign about air operations, particularly as many passengers do not actually perceive what it’s; what they know is that one thing is mistaken with the plane and this isn’t good for the airways. Chook strike is a pure phenomenon. It occurs all around the world. Everybody is aware of the Hudson Miracle when a flight picked birds and landed on the river and everybody was saved,” the Aero Managing Director mentioned.
The Normal Supervisor, Public Affairs, FAAN, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu advised THISDAY that the company has been slicing grasses on the airport to ensure that the birds had been no extra interested in the airports.
“We’re carrying intensive grass slicing train. It has been a very long time we’ve not seen birds and out of the blue they began coming to the airports. Among the issues we do embrace the usage of Pyrotechnics (screamer siren and Banger) for dispersal of birds by way of capturing into the air.
“We use propane cannon, which is dispersal of hen by way of explosive sound system that makes use of propane fuel. We additionally use chemical dispersal in opposition to birds largely from standing water and phoenix hen wailers, which is an automatic voice sound system put in by the runway to forestall birds from the runway,” she defined.