Turkish Airlines plane damaged after colliding with birds at Istanbul Airport

A Turkish Airlines (THY) aircraft has received damage to its fuselage after hitting a flock of birds during landing at İstanbul Airport, independent news site Diken reported.

The THY plane on flight number TK2313  from İzmir to İstanbul received damage to its left wing as it encountered the birds at Istanbul’s new airport, it said.

The B777-300ER plane was scheduled to depart for Toronto, Canada; however, airline officials have withdrawn the carrier from the flight.

In June, a THY flight from Istanbul to Antalya was forced to land shortly after taking off from Istanbul Airport following a collision with a flock of birds. 

Experts have long-maintained that the local bird population and the Black Sea’s unpredictable weather weather pose a safety threat to air traffic at the airport.