11 December, Kathmandu. Along with the increase in the number of flights in Nepal, the problem of aircraft colliding with birds and wildlife has also increased. According to the data prepared by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, Nepal Aviation Safety Team, in 2021 alone, there have been 43 incidents due to birds and 12 due to wildlife. Among them, there seems to be more conflict between the birds and the aircraft at the Tribhuvan Airport in Kathmandu. However, the risk of wildlife is found to be higher at Biratnagar Airport.
According to statistics, out of 43 incidents of bird risk, only 18 are in Kathmandu. There have been only four such incidents in 2021 BS at Biratnagar Airport, where the ship was severely hampered due to wildlife.
According to Ion’s data, although bird activity is high in Kathmandu and Pokhara, there is no risk due to wildlife.
Risk of both birds and wildlife in Nepalgunj
According to the statistics, the risk of both birds and wildlife is equal at Nepalgunj Airport. A total of four such incidents have been reported at the airport.
There have been two incidents related to wildlife at Biratnagar Airport this year. According to the association’s records, in 2021 alone, there have been incidents related to birds and wildlife at 14 airports across the country.
Kathmandu, Pokhara, Biratnagar, Nepalgunj, Lukla, Bharatpur, Janakpur, Bhairahawa, Bajura, Surkhet, Chandragadhi, Dhangadhi, Rajbiraj and Simara are the airports affected by wildlife and bird activities.
However, a similar trend can be seen even when examining the data from 2018 to 2021. A total of 10 incidents have taken place in Biratnagar during the last four years due to wildlife. There have been six incidents in Nepalgunj and five each in Kathmandu and Bhairahawa.
Encounter with wildlife during landing
Analyzing the events of this year, the ship has encountered more wildlife while landing. There have been a total of seven such incidents.
There have been three incidents while flying from the runway. Wildlife has been encountered twice during the approach. Due to the birds, the takeoff, landing, and approach are all at risk.
What is the damage to the ship when it collides with birds and wild animals?
In the 10 months of 2021 alone, the airline operators have suffered huge losses.
This year, the front of the airline’s plane was damaged after it collided with a bird. This year, there are reports of damage to the engine on the right side of another ship.
The wing of Sita Air was damaged when it collided with a bird. Sita’s other ship collided with a wild animal, affecting the landing gear. The nose wheel door was damaged when Buddha Air’s plane collided with a wild animal.
In such an event caused by wildlife and birds, the businessman has to bear huge losses, said the president of the airline operators’ association. Rameshwar Thapa explains. He said that NEA should help in such cases.
NEA has expressed commitment to work for compensation as per the demand of the entrepreneurs. NEA General Manager Raj Kumar Chhetri said that necessary preparations have been made for this.