It has emerged that a United Airlines from Charlotte was hit by birds during it’s approach into Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
Incident: United Airlines Flight From Charlotte Hit By Birds In Chicago…
United Airlines flight UA1301 is a routine scheduled flight between Charlotte and Chicago, with the affected rotation being operated by N896UA.
As per data from Planespotters.net, N896UA is a 16.6 year old Airbus A319-100 that started out life with China Southern Airlines back in June 2007.
It remained with the carrier before being handed over to the U.S airline in June 2017, where it has been since.
Of the A319-100 variant, United Airlines has 81 of them in the fleet, of which 75 are in active service and six are currently parked, offering an average age of 22.2 years.
UA1301 departed Charlotte at 1738 local time on January 13 and proceeded in a north-westerly direction to Chicago.
As per The Aviation Herald, on approach into O’Hare, UA1301 hit birds, but continued to land as normally.
The report from the FAA stated that following the aircraft parking at the gate, a post-flight inspection took place, where damage was observed to the leading edge of the right wing following the bird strike.
Relevant repairs have been made to the aircraft, with N896UA returning to service yesterday, and is continuing to operate commercial flights.
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