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Bird hit, Akasa makes emergency landing at Delhi; radome damaged

The mishap occurred while ascending at Ahmedabad. All passengers deboarded safely at the IGI airport and the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft has been grounded for inspection.

NEW DELHI, Oct 28: An Ahmedabad-Delhi Akasa Air had a bird hit on Thursday morning and made emergency landing at the Delhi IGI airport. Passengers deboarded safely. The Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft's radome was damaged, and has been grounded for inspection.

The incident took place during its ascent. This is the second incident of bird hit reported by the airline during the current month. October 15, a Bengaluru-bound Akasa Air plane from Mumbai returned to the city due to a bird hit.

According to the DGCA, radome damage was observed during the post-landing inspection of the aircraft. It said, "Today, Akasa B-737-8(Max) aircraft VT-YAF operating flight QP-1333 (Ahmedabad-Delhi) experienced a bird strike during the climb out passing 1900ft. Post landing at Delhi, Radome damage was observed. Aircraft declared AOG (Aircraft on ground) at Delhi."

"Our customer service team is assisting passengers and arrangements are being made to accommodate their journeys," Akasa Air said in a statement.

“Akasa Air flight QP 1333 flying from Ahmedabad to Delhi on Oct 27 suffered a bird hit. The aircraft landed safely and all passengers were deboarded. As a result, the aircraft has been positioned for a detailed inspection," it said.

A new airline, Akasa started its first commercial flight in August.

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