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China Southern Airlines Bird Strike

In February 2016, China Southern Airlines initiated Boeing 787 Dreamliner service between Guangzhou, China and Vancouver, Canada. Unfortunately, one of the first flights into Vancouver had a bird strike on the no. 2 engine nose cowl on descent.

Considering the high profile surrounding the introduction of the B-787 and the growth of the China-Canada travel market, this situation got a lot of attention.

I was still working as a station expediter at the Vancouver Ops Centre when the damaged aircraft was towed into the hangar just outside of the Line Maintenance office.

Within just a few hours, personnel from Boeing and China Southern arrived on the site and I thought it was quite impressive to watch them coordinate the repair. A new nose cowl was shipped from Boeing up to Vancouver and the aircraft was back in service within twenty-four hours.

Below are a few of the images taken with my cell phone. I checked and Fin # 736 Registration B-2736 is still active in the China Southern fleet.

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