The sky is not enough: Air Astana counts losses due to bird stakes

31 July, 2018, 13:30 271
The sky is not enough: Air Astana counts losses due to bird stakes

37 cases of the bird stake were registered year to date, among them eight have happened in Almaty.

850 thousand dollars were spent for the repair of the air crafts of Air Astana from bird stakes, correspondent reports with a reference to the press service of the air company.

In 2018, there were registered 37 cases of stakes of Astana air crafts with birds. Eight cases were registered at Almaty airport.

On July 25, on the voyage of KS 303 (Almaty-Ust-Kamenogorsk) at 18.22 Astana time, during the take-off of the aircraft, a stake with a bird occurred, which caused damage to the fuselage. The crew took a measure, to interrupt the takeoff at a speed of 100 knots.

On the same day, after landing of flight 888 (Beijing-Almaty), a stake of the aircraft with a flock of birds occurred at 9.11 in Astana time, but no damage was detected.

In 2017, out of 72 cases, 10 ended in damage to aircraft and 19 delayed departure. The total amount spent on repairs in 2017 was more than 850 thousand dollars.

"It is worth noting that the Almaty airport conducts systematic work to ensure flight safety, but despite this, the situation with birds in Almaty significantly worsens the farm fields around the runway, sown with cereal crops. They are a feeding area for small birds and insects, which, in turn, attract predatory large birds,” the statement reads.