Revenge of the birds: Emergency landing at Cooly Airport
A BIRDSTRIKE forced a private jet taking off at coolangatta airport this morning to make an emergency landing.
The incident required the corporate business jet, owned by Business Aviation Solutions, to make the hasty landing about 5am.
"The aircraft suffered a birdstrike during takeoff," Business Aviation Solutions owner Mark Scott said.
"There was no passengers on board, only crew.
"No-one was injured in the incident."
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau states a significant proportion of all occurrences reported to them involve aircraft striking wildlife, especially birds.
They also found while it is uncommon that a bird-strike causes any harm to aircraft crew and passengers, many result in damage to aircraft, and some have resulted in serious consequential events, such as forced landings and high speed rejected takeoffs.
Birdstrike fact: There were 1,751 birdstrikes reported to the safety bureau in 2011 when they provided the report titled Australian aviation wildlife strike statistics: Bird and animal strikes.