Bird Strike Forces Qatar A330 Into Emergency Landing

A Qatar Airways-operated A330-300 was forced into an emergency landing at Istanbul Atatürk Airport last Thursday (August 18) after one of its engines caught fire due to a suspected bird strike.

A Qatar Airways-operated A330-300 was forced into an emergency landing at Istanbul Atatürk Airport last Thursday (August 18) after one of its engines caught fire due to a suspected bird strike.

The incident involving the CF6-80E1A3 powered aircraft occurred shortly after flight QR240 left Istanbul for Doha at 1.20pm local time (11.20am BST), before turning back to land in the Turkish city 40 minutes later.

All 298 passengers and 14 crew on board safely evacuated the aircraft upon landing.

The Doha-based airline current operates 36 A330s, comprised of 15 A330-200s, 13 A330-300s and eight A330 freighters.

 

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