KATHMANDU, May 23: A bird strike is suspected to have led to the grounding of an aircraft of Jazeera Airways that met with a disturbance while landing at the Gautam Buddha International Airport early Monday morning.
A bird may have collided with the aircraft at 1:45 AM on Monday, said Prabesh Adhikari, chief of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) at the airport.
As a result, at present, the aircraft has been grounded at the airport rescheduling its flight, he said. "The plane has successfully landed. A bird strike is suspected as blood droplet stains can be seen on the surface of the plane. However, the dead bird has not been found. A technical team will check whether it has been sucked into the plane engine."
Further investigations were underway, he said.
The flight of the plane was rescheduled as a result. The Airways has managed accommodation for its passengers in a hotel. Thirty eight passengers have booked tickets for Bhairahawa-Kuwait flight, according to the airport authorities.