South Africa based airline, Airlink says one of its jets was forced to make an emergency landing on Monday after experiencing a bird strike while flying to Johannesburg from Windhoek, Namibia.
According to tracking website Flightradar24, Airlink Flight 4Z 127 had just departed Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek bound for Johannesburg when birds flew into the path of the aircraft an Embraer E190-E2 minutes after takeoff.
The pilots were able to safely land back at Hosea Kutako International Airport minutes later and none of the four crew or 27 passengers were injured, according to a response from the Airlink team.
“Airlink confirms its flight 4Z 127 from Windhoek to Johannesburg experienced a bird-strike on take-off but landed safely back at Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport at 18:37 local time this evening. All 27 passengers and the four flight crew are safe.”
“Airlink has dispatched a replacement aircraft to Windhoek, which will fly them to Johannesburg later this evening. We apologise for the inconvenience. At Airlink the safety of our customers, crew and aircraft comes first,” Airlink acknowledged in a tweet.
By Victor Shalton Odhiambo