Finnair has had yet another incident. After landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok, Thailand, a Finnish flag carrier Airbus A350 passenger plane collided with a large bird.
On February 17, 2022, a Finnair Airbus A350-900 plane, registration OH-LWF, arrived from Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport (HEL) in Finland as flight AY141 and collided.
The airline said the plane collided with a huge bird prior to departure as return flight AY1412 to Helsinki, according to the Aviation Herald.
The extent of the aircraft’s damage is unknown, although the Aviation Herald reports that the plane was still on the ground 18 hours later.
Finnair has experienced two incidents in a single day. The Latvian State Fire and Rescue Service notified Lithuanian media that on February 17, 2022, a Finnair ATR 72-500 turboprop regional airplane was forced to make an emergency landing in Riga, Latvia, due to reports of smoke in the cabin.
The plane, registered OH-ATI, was flying normal daily route AY1107 between Helsinki, Finland, and Vilnius, Lithuania at the time of the incident.
The jet took off from Helsinki Airport (HEL) around 11.30 a.m. (UTC) and was expected to land at Vilnius International Airport (VNO) an hour and a half later, according to data from Flightradar24.com.
However, as the jet approached the Lithuanian border at 17,000 feet, it began to descend quickly, and the flight crew directed the plane towards the nearest airport for an emergency landing.
Due to complaints of smoke in the plane cabin, the pilots landed the turboprop at Riga International Airport (RIX) in Latvia at roughly 1.10 p.m. (UTC). Following a safe landing in Riga, 18 people were evacuated from the plane due to safety concerns, according to RIX airport spokesperson Ilze Salna.