Lebanon: Bird Strike

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
By George Hatcher


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What: UM Ukrainian Mediterranean Airlines Douglas DC-9-50 en route from Beirut (Lebanon) to Kiev
Where: Beirut
When: Sep 21 2010
Who: 91 passengers
Why: After takeoff, an engine ingested a bird, resulting in engine problems. There were reports of an engine surge, explosion and fire which are being denied by the airport.

The crew returned the plane to Beirut where they made a safe landing. Passengers report hearing an explosion and seeing flame. On landing, passengers disembarked. No injuries are reported, nor whether slides were used or a replacement jet provided.

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