Event Details

Title:Birdstrike on B757-200, N34131, at Shannon Airport, 20 May 2005
Micro summary:This Boeing 757 hit a flock of birds, and subsequent diversion.
Event Time:2005-05-20 at 1053 UTC
File Name:2005-05-20-IE.pdf
Publishing Agency:Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU)
Publishing Country:Ireland
Report number:2005/017
Site of event:Climb out of Shannon
Departure:Shannon International Airport, Shannon, Ireland
Destination:Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 757-200
Flight Phase:Takeoff
Operator(s):Continental Airlines
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:The aircraft was on a scheduled passenger service between Shannon Airport, Ireland, and Newark Airport, USA. The First Officer was the pilot flying (PF), with the Captain as the pilot non-flying (PNF). Take-off from Runway (RWY) 24 was normal, visibility was 10+ km, Wind 270/19 kt, with Few and Broken cloud in the climb. Air Traffic Control (ATC) communications were normal, the PNF reported that he did not notice any bird activity on take-off or in the initial climb out from RWY 24. At 10.52 hrs, and at approximately 1,000 feet altitude, the PNF declared an “Emergency”. The crew had shut down No. 2 engine due to high vibration and high EGT (engine gas temperature). ATC immediately cleared the aircraft to route back to RWY 24 at Shannon, where it landed safely at 11.05 hrs. On a post flight inspection after landing the aircrew noticed substantial damage to some fan blades, and the accoustic lining of No.2 engine.

In subsequent discussions with maintenance personnel, the initial diagnosis was that the damage was possibly caused by a bird strike and its ingestion into the engine.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Birdstrike
Systems - Engine - Contained Engine Failure
Systems - Engine - Foreign Object Damage
Consequence - Damage - Airframe or fuselage
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Birdstrike causing engine damage on a Boeing 737-300 at Portland, November 2, 1995


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