By Sade Williams
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has explained that Qatar Airways Airbus A330 with 256 passengers on aboard, which made an air return to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) few days ago, was caused by bird strike.
Sam Adurogboye, NCAA spokesman explained that ‘the Bird strike hit the No.1 Engine. On its safe return to Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), diligent inspection was carried out on the aircraft.
“Qatar Airways Airbus A330 with Registration no.A7 – AED, Flight no.1408 scheduled operation from Lagos – Doha received a push back to take off from the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) at 14.45hrs UTC.
“On board were 256 passengers and 10 Crew members. At 16.18hrs UTC, the Pilot-in-Command (PIC) made an Air Return to MMIA. He took this decision after the Aircraft suffered Bird strike in flight. However, finding disclosed no damage”, he said.
Adurogboye added that since there was no damage, the Aircraft was cleared and it recommenced the operation and departed at 17.30hrs UTC.
“It is pertinent to point out that the Aircraft Pilot adhered to the Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs) in undertaking an air return. This was to carry out an assessment of the impact of the bird strike before continuing the flight.
“The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) wishes to assure Nigerians that it will continue to ensure robust safety oversight of the industry for safe and secure air transportation”, he added.