Turkish Airlines Cargo Plane Suffers Birdstrike on Takeoff

The flight was heading from Istanbul to Almaty

On January 3, Turkish Airlines’ Boeing 777-200 cargo plane (registered as TC-LJN) that was on flight TK6220 from Istanbul, Ataturk (ISL), Turkey to Almaty (ALA), Kazakhstan hit the flock of birds, aviation24.be reported.

The incident took place right after the aircraft had taken off. The flight was cancelled and plane returned to Istanbul Ataturk Airport, the airport of departure. The following examination revealed visible damage to the nose cone of the aircraft and its pitot tube.

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