On September 29, 2009 at 8:15 UTC, a Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration number EI-DWD encountered and struck a flock of birds during takeoff from runway 31L at Trapani Birgi Airport (LICT), Sicily, Italy. The engines ingested some birds causing damage to the fan blades of both engines. The crew performed an air turn back to Trapani Birgi Airport (LICT). An uneventful landing was performed and no injuries to any of the 6 crew and 165 passengers were reported.

The accident is being investigated by the Italian Agenzia Nazionale per la Sicurezza del Volo (ANSV). Further information pertaining to this event may be obtained from:

Agenzia Nazionale per la Sicurezza del Volo
Via A. Benigni, 53
00156 Rome

Tel.: 39 068 207 8219 / 39 068 207 8200
Fax: 39 068 273 672

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information obtained for, or released by the Government of Italy.

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