Bird strike forces Virgin-America flight for emergency landing

Published on : Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Virgin AmericaVirgin America Airbus A320 successfully made an emergency landing, on 23rd May’16 at Denmark International Airport after 12 pm, because of precautionary reasons. The Airbus had to return to the Airport, right after it started its flight.



The San Francisco bound flight left the airport at 11:56 a.m. and it had to make the emergency landing around 12:10 p.m. When the flight reached 10,000 feet, it faced a bird-strike. The collision of an Airbus with a small bird might not sound fatal, but it can cause a catastrophe. According to the officials, the flight landed to make sure that no mechanical issue arrives later in the middle of the air. All the passengers and the crew members are reported to be safe. The Virgin America authority arranged alternative means of travel for the stranded passengers.



The flight authority already gave their official statement. They mentioned, “Shortly after departure from Denver International Airport, VX Flight 865 en route to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) experienced a bird strike, and pilots returned to the airfield so that the aircraft could be evaluated. As is standard operating procedure in such circumstances and out of an abundance of caution, the captain declared an emergency, but the aircraft continued to operate as normal and the safety of the passengers and crew was never in question.”



They also added, “The flight landed safely at DEN, where maintenance crews are currently inspecting the aircraft. We are working to find alternative travel options for affected guests to get them to their destinations as soon as possible.”

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