Bird-hit cases on rise; airlines suffer Rs 7cr loss
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 23:00
New Delhi: Airlines have suffered a loss of around Rs seven crore, so far, this year due to bird-hit cases in the country.

Till October, 241 bird-hit cases were reported, out of which Kingfisher airlines suffered the most due to 60 such incidents, followed by Jet Airways (49), SpiceJet (30), Indigo (27), Air India (24) GoAir (7) and Paramount (1).

There have been about 34 instances of aircraft of international airlines being hit by birds, figures released by the Civil Aviation Ministry said today. The airlines in India have suffered a financial loss of Rs 6.98 crore this year because of such incidents.

Jet Airways suffered a loss of Rs 8.91 lakhs, Indigo of Rs 87 lakhs, Spice Jet of Rs 5.57 crore and GoAir of Rs 45.6 lakhs. The figures of losses from Air India and Kingfisher were not available.

The National Bird Control Committee (NBCC), set up by Ministry of Civil Aviation on the recommendation of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), met under the chairmanship of Civil Aviation secretary M M Nambiar and suggested several measures to reduce the number of such cases.

Last year, there were about 304 bird-hit cases, while in 2007 and 2006 it was 217 and 167 respectively. The figures show an increase in such incidents.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 23:00

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