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Bird strikes increase at airport in Shanghai

By Shi Yingying (China Daily)

13:22, August 24, 2012

At least three collisions between birds and airplanes have happened at Shanghai's Pudong airport since July, forcing three airlines to change their flight schedules and leaving passengers worried.

On Tuesday, United Airlines canceled its UA858 flight to San Francisco due to a bird strike at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

The bird hit the engine during taxiing before the Boeing 747 took off. It was the third similar accident at the airport since July.

On Aug 18, an outbound Spring Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing at the Pudong airport after colliding with a bird a few minutes after it took off. One of the plane's two engines was damaged.

Spring Airlines said that the plane, which was flying to Hong Kong, returned to the airport at 11:26 am. No passengers were injured, and they boarded another plane after a four-hour delay.

The Shanghai Airport Authority declined to comment when contacted by China Daily.

Typhoons blamed

But according to a report in local newspaper Oriental Morning Post, the airport authority attributed the bird strikes to frequent typhoons this summer, saying that the natural disasters have hit many areas near the airport where the birds have nests, prompting some birds to move closer to the airport.

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