easyJet A320 Returns to Basel After Bird Strike

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An easyJet Switzerland flight bound for Bordeaux made a precautionary return to Basel, Switzerland after experiencing a bird strike on 18 May 2024.

easyJet flight U21069, an Airbus A320-200 bound for Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (BOD) had made a normal departure from Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport (BSL).

easyJet Switzerland U21069 Basel-Edinburgh

Following the departure off runway RWY15, the aircraft suffered a bird strike to its right-hand engine.

Flight crew terminated the climb procedure and made the decision to initiate a precautionary return.

The crew shut down the right-hand engine following the in-flight incident, and informed passengers of the situation.

The flight subsequently returned directly and land safely less than 15 minutes after its initial departure.

Flight data shows that flight U21069 made an on-time departure out of EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse (BSL) at 1030 local time.

Flight crew then terminated the climb procedure and levelled off at 4000 feet before initiating the direct return.

The flight did not declare a formal emergency and returned under normal flight operating procedures.

Airbus A320-200 HB-JXK

The aircraft conducting the U21069 service for Edinburgh airport was an Airbus A320-200, registered HB-JXK.

This is a 6.8-year-old narrowbody aircraft belonging to the carrier easyJet Switzerland. It has been in active service with the airline since its initial delivery in July 2017.

The aircraft was transferred from the main carrier to easyJet Switzerland in July 2018.

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EasyJet Switzerland is a Swiss low-cost airline based in Meyrin, Switzerland. It operates scheduled flights as an EasyJet franchisee from Geneva Airport and EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg.


  • The airline was established on May 18, 1988, as TEA Switzerland and started operations on March 23, 1989, as part of the TEA group.
  • In 2013, the airline was owned by private investors (51%) and EasyJet plc (49%) and had 770 employees.
  • EasyJet currently owns 40% of the airline and operates flights on behalf of easyJet as a franchisee.

Destinations: EasyJet Switzerland flies to various destinations across Europe.

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