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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 200480
Last updated: 25 March 2020
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Date:20-OCT-2017
Time:c. 09:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-8FE (WL)
Owner/operator:Virgin Australia
Registration: VH-YFX
C/n / msn: 41013/6330
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Location:Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport, VIC (MEL/YMML) -   Australia
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport, VIC (MEL/YMML)
Destination airport:Brisbane International Airport, QLD (BNE/YBBN)
Narrative:
Virgin Australia flight VA319 returned to land at Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport, Australia after sustaining a bird strike.
The aircraft, a Boeing 737-800, took off from runway 27 at 09:27. During initial climb an eagle was reportedly ingested by one of the engines.
A safe landing was carried out on runway 16 at 09:43.

Sources:

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/va319#f43c843
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/VOZ319/history/20171019/2200Z/YMML/YMML/tracklog
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/eagle-blamed-for-emergency-plane-landing-at-melbourne-airport/news-story/d81e96931f09162b0b4af3fc62742a02?nk=82406c4b2bb8f0e0791894a3b854176d-1508492045
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/virgin-flight-forced-to-turn-back-after-bird-strike-20171020-gz59do.html


Images:

Photo of VH-YFX courtesy AirHistory.net


Adelaide - International (YPAD / ADL)
10 March 2020; (c) Gavin Hughes

Revision history:

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