Vietnam Airlines A321 Suffers Bird Strike in Ho Chi Minh City

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On May 19, a Vietnam Airlines Airbus A321 suffered a bird strike whilst on descent to Ho Chi Minh City.

Information has been released pertinent to this incident, which we will get into in this article.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

Vietnam Airlines Flight VN1269 – Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City…

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Vietnam Airlines A321 Suffers Bird Strike in Ho Chi Minh City
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Vietnam Airlines flight VN1269, which suffered a bird strike, is a routine scheduled flight between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Furthermore, the aircraft involved in the incident is registered as VN-A615.

As per data from, VN-A615 is a 8.5 year old Airbus A321ceo that was delivered to the airline in December 2015.

Of the A321ceo variant, Vietnam Airlines has 42 of them in the fleet.

Furthermore, of that 42, all but one are in active service, offering an average fleet age of 12.1 years.

VN1269 departed Hanoi at 2150 local time on May 19 and climbed south towards Ho Chi Minh City.

As per The Aviation Herald, it is understood a bird impacted the windshield of the Airbus A321.

This caused it to crack.

However, the aircraft was able to continue to Ho Chi Minh City, where it landed safely at 2338 local time.

Aircraft Fixed The Next Day…

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Data from RadarBox shows that VN-A615, the Vietnam Airlines Airbus A321 operating VN1269 between Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City, was grounded overnight.

Furthermore, following repairs made to the aircraft overnight, it returned to service on the evening of May 20.

Since then, the aircraft has been operating commercial flights normally, with no additional damage noted.

In conclusion, whilst the bird strike caused damage, this was rectified pretty quickly to ensure a sufficient operational capacity.

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