Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 10:
Passengers aboard Delhi-Bhubaneswar Go Air flight GOW-161 had a narrow escape following a bird hit while attempting to land at Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) of Odisha Capital this morning.
More than 100 passengers and crew aboard the plane are safe.
The incident came to fore during the post flight inspection after blood stain was found on the wing of the aircraft.
While the plane was scheduled to return to New Delhi at 8:40 AM, the return journey was delayed for more than an hour. It, however, left for New Delhi after a thorough inspection by engineers and technicians and clearance by authorities.
Airport authorities have ordered an investigation into the incident.
It may be noted that bird hit is nothing new at BPIA.
The BPIA along with Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) authorities are carrying out operations in regular intervals to keep the birds at bay; however, no major breakthrough has been achieved so far.
While 19 bird hits were reported in 2011, it was 18 in 2012 and 10 times each in 2013 and 2014. Eleven bird hits were reported till November 6, 2015.
“We are keeping an eye on the fish and meat stalls outside the airport as planned earlier. Airport authorities should also take necessary steps to avoid such incidents,” said BMC Mayor Anant Narayan Jena speaking to reporters today.