SIunitsrule
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Copa Birdstrike In Cartagena

Mon Jul 26, 2004 12:26 am

According to La Prensa (http://www.prensa.com/hoy/portada/1775264.html, it's in Spanish), CM's CTG-PTY struck birds (they use the plural, but fail to specify any details) while taking off at CTG and had to perform an emergency landing at BAQ. The landing apparently went just fine.
Does anyone have any more (hopefully more specific) information on this?
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RE: Copa Birdstrike In Cartagena

Mon Jul 26, 2004 12:56 am

Yes, a bird was swallowed by one of the engines, and the A/C was coming from Barranquilla to Cartagena, and it landed again in BAQ.
 
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RE: Copa Birdstrike In Cartagena

Mon Jul 26, 2004 1:06 am

RCS763av:
Are you sure? The paper says it was going from Cartagena to Tocumen. Only one bird was swallowed (the paper says birds instead of bird)?
Also, was the engine affected at all?
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RE: Copa Birdstrike In Cartagena

Mon Jul 26, 2004 1:53 am

Does Copa fly from Barranquilla to Cartagena??
 
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RE: Copa Birdstrike In Cartagena

Mon Jul 26, 2004 2:06 am

Flyinfroggie: I don't think so. I think La Prensa is right; the plane was going en route CTG-PTY and emergency landed in BAQ. What I want to know is if the engine suffered some kind of damage or was if it was just a precautionary measure?
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RE: Copa Birdstrike In Cartagena

Mon Jul 26, 2004 2:06 am

Well, here the news said it was only 1 bird, and that the engine had minor problems, and that the plane was coming from BAQ, doing the BAQ-CTG-PTY route, and had 85 passengers on board.
 
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RE: Copa Birdstrike In Cartagena

Mon Jul 26, 2004 2:09 am

But, here TV news are very inaccurate, the only thing that is confirmed is he only 1 bird, because they spoke to an AEROCIVIL representative, about the route, maybe la prensa is right, but if you see the maps, why did they land in BAQ, BAQ is NE from CTG....?????
 
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RE: Copa Birdstrike In Cartagena

Mon Jul 26, 2004 2:31 am

The birdstrike was at take off. Maybe for some reason they did not want to go back to CTG (they were too busy to do an emergency landing or something) and the nearest airport was BAQ (even though it was totally out the way). I'm just speculating...
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RE: Copa Birdstrike In Cartagena

Mon Jul 26, 2004 3:11 am

The COPA service to those cities is a triangle, PTY/CTG/BAQ/PTY so I guess the flight was in its second leg CTG/BAQ when the birdstrike happend and the pilot decided to fly and land in BAQ instead of truning arround and land back in CTG... Also, it was just one single bird... Does somebeody has the detail which 73G (737-700 is used on this flight) was?
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RE: Copa Birdstrike In Cartagena

Mon Jul 26, 2004 3:25 am

Indeed, CM is the foreign airline with the largest network to Colombia, and their flights to BAQ and CTG are combined in one same flight.

Now, if the plane took off from CTG, the most logical thing is that it departed from runway 36, which is the active almost always... I guess (not very informed about operations with only one engine) that the most suitable thing to do was to continue up north towards Barranquilla, which is a 7 minute flight from Cartagena, instead of turning (higher risk of an accident I imagine) to land in Cartagena again.

Many things have been said in the local press. Some say that the bird actually went into the engine in the approach to BAQ (which has happened in the past), and others say it was in Cartagena, I really don't know.

They also said that the plane was going to be parked at BAQ for several days, and that the panamanian company had already sent a maintenance crew to solve the situation as quickly as possible.



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RE: Copa Birdstrike In Cartagena

Mon Jul 26, 2004 4:53 am

Doesn't Copa use a 732 on the Barranquilla route?

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RE: Copa Birdstrike In Cartagena

Mon Jul 26, 2004 10:03 am

Luisca,


Doesn't Copa use a 732 on the Barranquilla route?


Apart from one or two exceptions now and then, the BAQ/CTG route has gone to an all-737-700 service.

Copa currently serves 5 destinations within Colombia on a daily basis, BOG gets the 737-800 and each one of the following gets its 737-700: MDE, CLO, BAQ, and CTG.

As a side note, Copa requested last March the authorization to fly twice daily to BOG, MDE and CLO; which has not been granted, nor will be, until the restrictions in the market change.


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