On the 27th of October, a two-and-a-half-year-old Iberia Airbus A350-900, registration EC-NDR, was on final approach to Madrid’s runway 32L when a black vulture impacted the aircraft’s nose.
The flight was IB-6586 from Bogota, Colombia to Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas Airport, Spain.
The plane continued on and landed safely about 90 seconds later, following which the runway was inspected.
A black vulture (Aegypius monachus) can have a wingspan of up to two and a half meters and weigh up to 12 kilograms.
The plane is still on the ground, with a journey to Buenos Aires, Argentina, scheduled for tomorrow, October 28th, according to FlightRadar24.
Impacto de ave de un A350 este mediodía en #Madrid Barajas pista 32L. Un buitre negro, una de las aves más grandes y pesadas de Europa 😢.
El vuelo ha aterrizado sin novedad. Se ha revisado pista y se transmite información al resto de tráfico en secuencia. #SafetyFirst pic.twitter.com/tie8FBNBgb
— 😷Controladores Aéreos 🇪🇸 (@controladores) October 27, 2021
Fearured Photo Source Twitter: @Controladores Aéreos