Air Arabia Maroc A320: Rejected Takeoff Tangier Due Bird Strike

An Air Arabia Maroc A320 on the runway.
Alf van Beem, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

An Air Arabia Maroc flight bound for London conducted a rejected takeoff from Tangier (TNG) on 13 April 2024.

Air Arabia Maroc flight 3O101, an Airbus A320-200 bound for London Gatwick airport, experienced a bird strike during takeoff.

Air Arabia Maroc 3O101 Tangier-London

The incident occurred as the aircraft was in the acceleration phase on the runway. The subsequent birdstrike because the crew to initiate a rejected takeoff procedure at high speed.

The aircraft subsequently decelerated safely under control and then returned to the apron.

It appears the aircraft suffered significant engine damage as a result of the birdstrike. As such, a replacement A320-200 aircraft was mustered by the carrier to complete the London service.

Airbus A320-200 CN-NMP

The aircraft at the centre of the incident was an Airbus A320-200 registered CN-NMP. This is a 10.4 year old narrowbody aircraft belonging to the carrier Air Arabia Maroc.

It has been in service with the airline since November 2022. Prior to that the aircraft saw service with Air Arabia from its original delivery in December 2013.

Airbus A320 registered CN-NML stepped in to perform the 3O101 rotation to London Gatwick.

An Air Arabia Maroc A320 on the runway.
Alf van Beem, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Air Arabia Maroc

Air Arabia Maroc is a Moroccan low-cost airline, founded in April 2009 and commenced operations in May 2009.

It is a joint venture between various Moroccan investors and Air Arabia, with its head office located at Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca, Morocco.

Here are some key points about Air Arabia Maroc:

  • Fleet: Air Arabia Maroc has a fleet of 10 Airbus A320 aircraft [Wikipedia].
  • Destinations: The airline flies to over 40 destinations, including Casablanca, Tangier, Fez, Agadir, Nador, Oujda, Essaouira, Almería, Barcelona, Bergerac, Bologna, Bordeaux, Brussels, Charleroi, Eindhoven, Lisbon, London, Lyon, Marseille, Milan, Montpellier, Naples, Nantes, Paris, Pisa, Rome, Rotterdam, Toulouse, Turin, Valencia, Venice, and Zaragoza [Wikipedia].
  • Hubs: Air Arabia Maroc’s operates from the main hub of Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca. The airline also has secondary hubs at Fez Airport and Nador Airport.

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