An Aer Lingus Airbus A330-300 encountered a bird strike today, resulting in the aircraft returning 40 minutes after departing Dublin, Ireland. The Aer Lingus A330-300 with registration EI-DUZ was operating flight EI9018 from Dublin, Ireland to Beijing International Airport, China.
The aircraft was taking off from Dublin when a bird was ingested into the aircraft’s engine. The flight crew continued the departure from Dublin and began working the related checks, while notifying Air Traffic Control and obtaining instructions for returning back to Dublin.
40 minutes after departure, the Airbus A330 landed back in Dublin where it was immediately inspected by engineers. The aircraft remained on the ground at Dublin for the remainder of the day. The aircraft involved EI-DUZ remains on the ground in Dublin and is not currently assigned to any future flights.
Coronavirus Supplies Flight
Since its inaugural flight from Dublin on March 28, 2020, Aer Lingus has been operating cargo flights using passenger Airbus A330 aircraft. The aircraft fly to Beijing with just crew and collect vital Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the HSE Ireland in its fight against Coronavirus COVID-19. PPE is loaded into the aircraft cargo-hold and with special permission, cargo is also being flown inside the cabin attached to seats.
This Critical Supply Operation involves the transportation of medical equipment comprising Personal Protective Equipment including masks, goggles, gloves, and gowns procured by the HSE The. operation is expected. to see up to 5 aircraft fly daily for two months.