Bird strikes causing millions of rupees loss to PIA

KARACHI, July 20 (INP): Owing to the negligence of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the incidents of bird strikes have been consistently increasing at airports across the country.

In last seven months, more than 34 planes of Pakistan International Airline (PIA) were affected by bird strikes which caused millions of rupees loss to the national flag carrier, sources said.

Out of 34 planes, eight were severely damaged, sources added.

Most incidents of bird strikes were reported at Karachi and Lahore airports, wherein 15 and 11 PIA planes were affected, respectively.

Moreover, two cases were reported from Sukkur, Peshawar and Quetta airports each while one was reported from Islamabad airport.

Such incidents have badly disturbed flight schedules.

Lately, seven Lahore-bound flights were diverted to land in different cities as a
huge flock of birds was hovering over Allama Iqbal International Airport.

The presence of birds flocks in the Lahore airport vicinity had severely affected the flight operations.