An Egyptair passenger jet has slammed into a bird on approach to London Heathrow Airport, leaving a massive dent in the plane’s nose. Pictures of the damage are doing the rounds of social media.
Photos of the dented B737-800, taken by workers at the airport and posted on Facebook and Twitter, show a large hole-like dent in the front of the plane, as well as blood smears from the unfortunate bird.
“A bird impacted and penetrated the nose of the aircraft,” the Aviation Herald reported. “The crew continued for a safe landing on runway 09L.”
The aircraft was unable to depart for its return flight and remained on the ground for about 21 hours before returning to Cairo.
The plane has since been grounded for repairs. The Aviation Herald reported on Sunday the aircraft had not resumed service about 35 hours after the bird strike.
The type of bird involved was not identified but large birds around Heathrow include grey herons (which fall into the weight range of 1.3 to 1.6 kilograms) and an increasing number of feral parrots.
Written by Peter Needham