A Delta flight, being operated by SkyWest Airlines, from Helena suffered a bird strike on approach into Salt Lake City Airport.
Incident: Delta Flight from Helena Suffers Bird Strike in Salt Lake City…
Delta flight DL3880 is a routine scheduled flight between Helena and Salt Lake City, with the affected rotation being operated by N276SY.
As per data from Planespotters.net, N276SY is a 5.4 year old Embraer E175 that belongs to Delta Connection, but is operated by SkyWest Airlines.
Of the E175 variant, SkyWest has 235 of them, of which 228 are in active service and seven are currently parked, and fly for the likes of Delta Connection, United Express and more.
Across the fleet of E175s, there is an average fleet age of 5.8 years.
DL3880 departed Helena at 1309 local time yesterday and headed northbound for it’s destination in Utah.
As per The Aviation Herald, on the final approach into Salt Lake City, a bird impacted the aircraft, which caused significant damage to the pitot probe and the aircraft’s nose.
At the time of writing (16/11/23 @ 1840 UK time), N276SY is still on the ground pending the relevant repairs needed before it’s allowed to enter commercial service again.
It is unclear when the aircraft will be operating commercial services again, as it depends on the extent of the damage witnessed by technicians on the ground in Salt Lake City.
All eyes will be on whether the aircraft positions down to Helena again after the repairs have been done.
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