Lufthansa A340's Unplanned Return to Boston After Bird Strike

By Ivan PetrenkoJan 30, 2024 11:20 AMNews
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In an unexpected turn of events, a Lufthansa Airbus A340-300, designated as flight LH423, experienced a bird strike shortly after takeoff from Boston, necessitating an abrupt return to the airport on January 19, 2024. The incident occurred as the aircraft was ascending past 10,000 feet, resulting in significant vibrations in one of its engines.

This Lufthansa A340-300, with registration D-AIGN, had embarked on its journey to Frankfurt/Main in Germany, but faced an unexpected challenge. During its climb, the aircraft attained an altitude of 10,680 meters and a speed of 837 km/hr. However, the encounter with a bird led to high vibrations in one of its CFM56 engines, prompting the crew to take decisive action.

The crew's quick thinking under pressure was evident. Upon detecting the unusual vibrations, they chose to dump fuel over the Bay Area, a necessary step for a safe return. The Airbus A340-300, designed with a Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW) of 609,600 lb and a Maximum Landing Weight (MLW) of 423,300 lb, requires fuel dumping to meet safe landing parameters. This procedure was executed flawlessly, enabling the aircraft to touch down safely on Boston's runway 33L, just shy of an hour after departure.

Lufthansa, renowned as the world's largest operator of the A340-300, has a fleet of 17 of these aircraft, with 16 currently active. They operate across 14 destinations, including 11 weekly flights connecting Boston to Frankfurt. The route of this particular bird strike incident is a well-trodden path for the airline.

Bird strikes are not uncommon in aviation. In the United States alone, the year 2021 witnessed airlines incurring damages totaling $328 million, alongside 140,000 hours of downtime. The incident with the Lufthansa A340-300 is a testament to the ongoing challenges airlines face with wildlife interactions. The aircraft in question, after its return to Frankfurt, remained grounded for a day before resuming service.

This incident serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of air travel and the importance of swift and efficient response measures in ensuring passenger safety and minimizing disruption.

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