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Accident description
Last updated: 19 April 2018
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Tuesday 27 March 2018
Time:16:52
Type:Silhouette image of generic A319 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A319-111
Operator:easyJet
Registration: G-EZMK
C/n / msn: 2370
First flight: 2004-12-06 (13 years 4 months)
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-5B5/P
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 124
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 130
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Murcia-San Javier Airport (MJV) (   Spain)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Murcia-San Javier Airport (MJV/LELC), Spain
Destination airport:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK), United Kingdom
Flightnumber:U28552
Narrative:
EasyJet flight 8552, an Airbus A319, aborted the takeoff from runway 23L at Murcia-San Javier Airport, Spain, after suffering a bird strike. Birds (reportedly seagulls) were ingested in both engines. Consequently the aircraft was not able to leave the runway after having come to a stop. The runway was closed for 90 minutes to allow the aircraft to be towed to the plaform.
The aircraft was grounded pending repairs. The passengers continued to London-Gatwick on a replacement aircraft.

Repairs were completed and the aircraft was ferried to London-Gatwick on April 10, 2018.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: A-010/2018

Classification:
Bird strike

Sources:
» CIAIAC


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Distance from Murcia-San Javier Airport to London-Gatwick Airport as the crow flies is 1478 km (924 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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