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LONDONLast week, a British Airways Boeing 777-300ER experienced a bird strike while landing in Lagos, Nigeria. The incident led to issues such as a hydraulic leak, causing smoke to emanate from the aircraft’s landing gear. 

The incident happened on Dec. 30. British Airways flight BA75 was at the final approach to Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport when the aircraft was exposed to multiple bird-strike. This resulted in a hydraulic leak. Fortunately, the crew was able to safely land the aircraft and vacate the runway as planned.

However, while taxiing from the runway to its stand, the aircraft lost its nose wheel steering. An issue with the main landing gear also arose, with smoke emanating from it. Furthermore, the aircraft’s hydraulic C system indicated zero quantity. This meant that it was completely drained of its hydraulic fluid.

Following these issues, the crew elected to stop the aircraft on the taxiway and declared PAN PAN over the radio. However, despite attempting to make contact multiple times, there was initially no response from the emergency services.

Eventually, 11 minutes after landing, two firemen made their way over to the aircraft on foot with handheld extinguishers. They were followed five minutes later by a larger fire truck. It was then established that the smoke emanating from the landing gear had been caused by hydraulic fluid dripping onto the aircraft’s brakes. Having just landed, these had been very hot.

The aircraft that experienced the bird strike was a Boeing 777-300ER, which bears the registration G-STBE.

Following temporary repairs to the aircraft, the aircraft departed Lagos for London the following morning at 05:03 local time. Touchdown at Heathrow occurred just over five hours late, at 09:59. G-STBE has yet to return to service following this flight.
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