PIA A320 Rejected Takeoff at Faisalabad After Bird Strike

A Pakistan International Airlines A320 parked on the apron
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A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight departing from Faisalabad, Pakistan was forced to reject takeoff at high speed after a bird strike on 27 June 2024.

Pakistan International Airlines flight PK223 was operated by an Airbus A320-200 bound for Dubai (DXB). It was conducting the take off roll from RWY 03 Faisalabad International Airport (LYP) when it struck a bird.

PIA PK223 Faisalabad-Dubai

Flight track of Pakistan International Airlines PIA flight Faisalabad to Dubai

After the bird was ingested by the aircraft’s right-hand engine, the crew carried out a rejected take off at high speed.

Directional control was maintained and the aircraft came to a stop on the runway. During the RTO procedure both left-hand tires deflated, according to the Aviation Herald.

A subsequent post-flight inspection revealed damage to a number of fan blades in the right-hand engine. The aircraft has since been returned to service.

The Dubai-bound aircraft was carrying 145 passengers and 7 crew at the time of the takeoff incident. There were no reported injuries as a result of the rejected takeoff.

The aircraft conducting the PK223 rotation to Dubai International Airport (DXB) was an Airbus A320-200, registered AP-BOM.

This is an 11.9 year old CFM-engine equipped narrowbody aircraft belonging to the carrier Pakistan International Airlines. The aircraft has been in operation service with the airline since July 2022.

A Pakistan International Airlines A320 parked on the apron

Prior to its service with PIA, the aircraft was operated by MEA Middle East Airlines since its original delivery from the factory in September 2012.

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), the national flag carrier of Pakistan, is an international airline headquartered in Karachi. Founded in 1946 as Orient Airways, it commenced operations in 1955.

PIA’s main hub is Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport, with secondary hubs at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore and Islamabad International Airport.

The airline operates a fleet of over 30 aircraft, including Airbus A320s, ATR 42s and 72s, and Boeing 777s.

PIA flies to about 30 domestic destinations and 35 international destinations in 28 countries across the Middle East, Asia, Europe and North America.

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