Bird Hits Croatia Airlines Plane, Aircraft Returned to Zagreb

Lauren Simmonds

An unexpected meeting of four wings for Croatia’s national carrier.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 30th of January, 2018, Croatia Airlines has issued an apology to all OU4456 passengers due to disturbances on the planned flight, although, as the statement from the national carrier states, it was an event that the company couldn’t influence.

Of all things, an unfortunate bird hit the Croatia Airlines aircraft travelling from Zagreb to the Belgian capital of Brussels.

“Immediately after the departure of Croatia Airlines on a regular flight OU4456, there was a close encounter between the Airbus 319 aircraft and a bird, which caused the aircraft to be returned preventively back to the airport. It’s a common occurrence in civil aviation (so-called bird strike), which didn’t affect the safety of passengers and crew members, and the aircraft landed safely at Zagreb Airport,” stated Croatia Airlines.

They added that the pilots were properly trained to apply the precisely prescribed procedures for such situations.

“Airbus 319 is currently out of service, and Brussels passengers will be on the first flight to their destination depending on availability of the aircraft fleet. Croatia Airlines apologises to all passengers on OU4456 flight due to disturbances in scheduled travel, although it’s an event which the company could not influence,” Croatia Airlines concluded.


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