A British Airways Boeing 777-300ER experienced a bird strike while landing in Lagos, Nigeria. The multiple impacts led to issues such as a hydraulic leak, causing smoke to bmanate from the aircraft’s landing gear. However, the response from emergency services was said to have been rather slow.
British Airways flight BA75 is a scheduled service from its base at London Heathrow to Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Nigeria. The UK flag carrier operates this flight daily, with a planned departure of 11:05 local time. Arrival in Nigeria’s (and indeed Africa’s) most populous city is scheduled to occur just over six-and-a-half hours later, at 18:40 local time.
BA operates this flight using both the -200ER and -300ER variants of the Boeing 777. Fellow British carrier Virgin Atlantic provides competition on the route. The freight operations of Ethiopian Airlines Cargo also have a presence along this corridor.
FlightRadar24.com reports that, on December 30th, flight BA75 departed London over an hour late. Takeoff from Heathrow’s runway 27R occurred at 12:21 local time, some 86 minutes behind schedule. However, the flight was able to make up good time en route. Indeed, it touched down in Nigeria just half an hour late, at 19:10 local time, after five hours and 50 minutes in the air.
However, that isn’t to say that the flight was without incident. According to The Aviation Herald, the aircraft experienced multiple bird strikes during its landing flare to Lagos’s longest runway, 18R. This resulted in a hydraulic leak. Fortunately, the crew was able to safely land the aircraft and vacate the runway as planned.