Royal Air Maroc 737 Returns to Tunis After Bird Strike

Alf van Beem, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

A Royal Air Maroc flight was forced to make a precautionary return to Tunis on 26 April 2024 following a bird strike.

Royal air Maroc flight AT573, a Boeing 737-800 bound for Casablanca, Morocco terminated its departure shortly after takeoff after experiencing a bird strike to one engine.

Royal Air Maroc AT573 Tunis-Casablanca

The aircraft had departed Tunis-Carthage International Airport RWY 11 and was on climb below 5000 feet when the incident occurred.

Flight crew terminated the climb at 4000 feet before entering a holding procedure in the vicinity of the airport. From the hold, flight crew conducted a precautionary return to Tunis airport.

The aircraft subsequently landed without further incident less than 30 minutes after its initial departure.

Flight data shows that flight AT573, bound for Mohammed V International Airport (CMN), maiden on time departure out of Tunisia at 1749 local time.

The climb was then terminated on the extended runway heading and a period of holding was initiated at 4000 feet.

A formal emergency was not declared, and the aircraft made its return under normal flight operating procedures.

Boeing 737-800 CN-RGG

The aircraft conducting the AT573 service was a Boeing 737-800, registered CN-RGG. This is a 12.6-year-old narrowbody aircraft belonging to the national carrier Royal Air Maroc. It has been in service with the airline since its original delivery in October 2011.

Alf van Beem, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Royal Air Maroc (RAM), also known as Compagnie Nationale de Transports Aériens, is the national carrier of Morocco and the largest airline in the country. It’s also one of the biggest airlines in Africa.

Here’s a quick summary about Royal Air Maroc:

  • Founded in 1953 as a result of a merger between two airlines
  • Wholly owned by the Moroccan government
  • Headquarters in Casablanca, Morocco
  • Main hub at Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport (CMN)
  • Member of the Oneworld alliance since 2020
  • Operates flights to over 90 destinations in 4 continents (Africa, Europe, North America, and the Middle East)
  • Fleet of over 50 aircraft

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