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Akasa Air: Bengaluru-bound Akasa Air plane suffers bird hit, safely returns to Mumbai airport

New Delhi: An Akasa Air Boeing 737MAX flying from Mumbai to Bangalore had to return to its original location on Saturday due to a burning smell in the cabin. After returning safely to Mumbai, examination of the aircraft revealed that the problem was caused by a bird colliding with the aircraft.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: An Akasa Air Boeing 737MAX flying from Mumbai to Bangalore had to return to its original location on Saturday due to a burning smell in the cabin. After returning safely to Mumbai, examination of the aircraft revealed that the problem was caused by a bird colliding with the aircraft.

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An Akasa Air Boeing 737MAX was hit by a bird while on its way to Bangalore. A senior DGCA official said, “Akasa Air flight QP 1103 flying from Mumbai to Bengaluru on October 14 diverted back to Mumbai due to odour in the cabin resulting from a bird hit. The aircraft landed safely in Mumbai and all passengers were deboarded.”

He added, “The aircraft was positioned for a detailed inspection and has now returned to service. Our customer service team assisted passengers and arrangements were made to accommodate their journeys. We sincerely regret the inconvenience caused”.

The airlines founder and CEO Vinay Dube had told the media that Late billionaire Rakesh Jhunjhunwala had invested in Akasa Air, which completed 60 days on October 7. “We are very happy, satisfied with… our performance.”

The DGCA official said, however, no other abnormality, including in engine parameters was observed. “After landing during the inspection, bird remains were found on engine number 1 of the aircraft,” he said and added that “the burning smell was due to bird strike,” he stated. Akasa Air started its operations on August 7 this year

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After various incidents of bird hits, the aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), in August, issued an advisory to all airports on the management of potential wildlife hazards.

The DGCA guidelines included carrying out routine patrols in random patterns and informing pilots whenever there is any wildlife activity, especially during the Monsoon season. The airports had also been asked to submit a monthly action-taken report on the implementation of wildlife hazard management programmes.

Most recently, on October 7, 2022, the airline commenced its direct flight services connecting Bengaluru and Delhi. Akasa Air currently operates approximately 30 flights per day with a fleet of six aircraft. However, the company has purchased 72 Boeing 737-800 MAX aircraft and will receive 18 new aircraft by the end of March 2019.

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