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How a SpiceJet aircraft engine caught fire because of a bird

How a SpiceJet aircraft engine caught fire because of a bird



All seemed normal when a Delhi-bound SpiceJet flight took off from Patna airport on 19 June, carrying on it 185 passengers and 6 crew members.

But an unexpected fire in the plane’s left engine prompted the pilot to make an emergency landing back in Patna only minutes after take-off.

The culprit? A bird!

Bird hits are common affairs in the aviation space, most of them being harmless owing to the robust build of modern passenger aircrafts. However, this time was different.

When the SpiceJet plane eventually landed, officials noted that the bird had somehow hit directly into the engine damaging three fan blades and causing a profusion of smoke and flames to billow out.

Surprisingly enough, SpiceJet wasn’t alone in its avian troubles that day. A Delhi-bound IndiGo flight from Guwahati also had to return after take-off due to a suspected bird hit.

With the frequency of such incidents alarmingly high, how do airlines cover such damage?

Almost every aircraft these days is protected under Aviation Insurance, which offers extensive coverage against a large number of risks. With the help of this policy, airlines can safely pay for any damage to the aircraft as well as any compensation to injured passengers due to an accident.

So in the event of a bird unexpectedly damaging a plane’s engine, the cost of inspection, repair, and replacement can be covered through insurance.

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