LOT Embraer E195 suffers two bird strikes in two take-offs

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A LOT Polish Airlines Embraer E195 had an eventful morning on August 4, 2020, as the aircraft took off, suffered a bird strike, returned back to its original destination, subsequently took off again and suffered another bird strike, eventually diverting to another airport.

The Embraer E195 (registered SP-LNL) operated flight LO8625 from Poznan Airport (POZ), Poland to Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI) in Spain. The aircraft initially took off from runway 28 at 6:51 AM local time (UTC +2) towards Spain, when the E195’s engine hit a flock of birds. Half an hour later, the jet returned to Poznan. The flight crew of the aircraft did not Squawk 7770, flightradar24.com data showcases.

After the aircraft was deemed safe to fly, the LOT Polish Airlines’ E195 took off again at 9:40 AM local time (UTC +2). However, once again, the aircraft hit a flock of birds and was forced to divert, this time to Poland’s main airport, Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW). The jet landed at 10:23 AM local time (UTC +2), after about half an hour in the air once again.

The aircraft is currently sat at WAW. A replacement Embraer E195 (registered SP-LNA) departed from Warsaw at 11:07 AM local time (UTC +2) and is estimated to arrive in Mallorca at 15:55 PM local time (UTC +2).


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