Bird strike destroys passenger jet's nose
The front of the Boeing was smeared with blood after hitting the bird as it landed at Heathrow Airport
Published 14/03/2016 | 07:19
A bird strike damaged the nose of a passenger jet as it landed at Heathrow Airport.
More than 70 passengers were on board when the EgyptAir Boeing 737-800 was smothered in blood and feathers in the collision.
The plane, arriving from Cairo, landed safely at the west London airport on Friday despite the blow.
It flew back to Egypt on Saturday after being fitted with a new radome, which protects antenna from atmospheric and physical damage.
Amir Hashim, a senior procurement specialist at EgyptAir, photographed the plane after it sustained the impact.
He said: "The damage caused is clearly evident and SU-GDZ will be grounded until a new radome is fitted.
"Now, who has a spare?"
Estimates suggest that 90 per cent of bird strikes occur at or near airports.