Flight bound for Denver aborts takeoff at YVR due to bird strike

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The rare but dangerous event caused the pilots to make an emergency stop on the runway.

By Harrison Mooney, November 8, 2019

A United Airlines flight out of Vancouver aborted takeoff Friday afternoon due to a bird strike. PAUL FRIESEN / TWITTER

A United Airlines flight out of Vancouver aborted takeoff Friday afternoon after a bird was sucked into an engine.

The rare but dangerous event caused the pilots to make an emergency stop on the runway.

The flight, set to take off from YVR for Denver at 12:30 p.m., instead returned to the terminal where 121 passengers and five crew members deplaned. The departure has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Tom Podolec Aviation@TomPodolec · 17h

BIRD STRIKE/REJECTED TAKEOFF
United #UA1184 to Denver struck a ‘very large bird’ on their departure roll in Vancouver. Aborted takeoff. All 4 tires on main gears reported blown with smoke & small fire. ARFF attended & extinguished fire. https://fr24.com/UAL1184/22c676cf …

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Tom Podolec Aviation@TomPodolec

Update BIRD STRIKE/REJECTED TAKEOFF United #UA1184 to Denver struck ‘very large bird’ & aborted takeoff from Vancouver. All 4 tires on main gears deflated. Passengers deplaned on taxiway via stairs. YVR fire sprayed down wheels, small fire/smoke seen. No injuries reported.

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United has not confirmed the extent of the damage, but a spokesperson said maintenance crews were already working to fix the jet, and the airline was working to secure a new aircraft for the rescheduled flight.

No one was injured.