Cathay Pacific Boeing 777 Encounters Bird Strike

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A Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300, performing flight from Auckland (New Zealand) to Hong Kong (China), encountered bird strike.

  • Aircraft was climbing out of Auckland’s runway 23L when the aircraft flew through a flock of birds and received a number of bird strikes.
  • In the absence of abnormal indications the crew continued the climb but stopped at FL250 and decided to return to Auckland.
  • The aircraft dumped fuel at FL150 and landed safely back on Auckland’s runway 23L about 90 minutes after departure.
  • A post flight inspection revealed a dented radome of the aircraft.