Incident: Thomson B738 at Bournemouth on Jan. 10th, Bird Strike
By Simon Hradecky, The Aviation Herald | Jan. 10, 2017
A Thomson Airways Boeing 737-800, registration BY-6248 from Bournemouth, EN (UK) to Tenerife South,CI (Spain), was climbing out of Bournemouth's runway 26 when the left hand engine ingested a bird and emitted a bang followed by vibrations. The crew stopped the climb at 4,000 feet, entered a hold and subsequently decided to divert to London Gatwick, EN (UK). The aircraft climbed to 7,000 feet enroute to Gatwick and landed safely on runway 26L about 65 minutes after departure.
The airline reported the crew suspected a bird strike and diverted to Gatwick as a precaution.
A passenger tweeted a photo of the captain showing a dead seagull in a plastic bag to the passengers after landing reporting the seagull had been ingested into the engine.
A replacement Boeing 737-800 registration G-TAWR continued the flight and reached Tenerife with a delay of 4 hours.
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