Incident: Boeing 737-3Q8, G-OBMP, Ireland West Airport Co. Mayo, Ireland, on 19 October 2009: Report No 2011-002

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On take-off from EIKN the aircraft encountered a flock of lapwings and sustained multiple bird strikes. Both engines were damaged, with bending and distortion of a number of the fan blades of No. 1 engine and the loss of a portion of the acoustic panel from No. 2 engine. The aircraft diverted to Shannon Airport (EINN) where it landed without further incident. No bird patrol had been carried out by Airport staff at EIKN for a period of approximately two and a half hours prior to the aircraft’s departure.

Occurrence Date: October 19, 2009
Report Date: January 24, 2011
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