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Big birds crash with small birds

Update: October, 24/2015 - 12:00

Birds are small animals.

Jets are huge aircraft.

However, a small bird can do a lot of damage to a plane if it flies into one.

Airline companies therefore have to do a lot to make sure that there are no birds around that can crash into their planes.

The nose of a Vietjet aircraft was damaged as a result of a bird strike on Wednesday.
The nose of a Vietjet aircraft was damaged as a result of a bird strike on Wednesday. -  Photo Vnexpress

HA NOI(VNS) — Vietjet aircraft suffered several bird strikes last month, propelling authorities to send the aircraft for technical check-ups and repair, a Vietjet Air representative said.

These incidents delayed many flights, causing trouble for the carrier and passengers.

Vietjet Air has proposed to the Civil Aviation Authority of Viet Nam to initiate proper measures to keep birds away, especially during the migratory season.

Cao Van Thai, deputy head of the security committee of the Airports Co-operation of Viet Nam, said birds posed a potential risk to aircraft.

Any collision with birds can damage an aircraft's body. Birds can enter the engines and destroy equipment if the aircraft is flying at high speed, according to Thai.

Airports have taken measures to keep birds away such as by using guns to shoot them or by trapping them.

In addition, it's necessary to clean airports so that birds have no place to live there. However, this measure can only cope with small birds that fly at low altitudes. It is difficult to drive away birds flying at high altitudes.

A representative of the aviation authority said airports had done a good job but most of the bird strikes occurred while aircrafts were taking off and landing. Thus, carriers should co-ordinate with localities to eliminate possible areas where birds can live such as ponds and trees in the surrounding areas.

About 30 bird strikes were reported at airports in Viet Nam recently, causing aircraft to cease operations to fix the problems. Most of the accidents happened in Buon Ma Thuot, Vinh, Da Lat, Pleiku and Da Nang.

In the latest incident, a Vietjet Air's Airbus 320 had to be grounded in Noi Bai International Airport on Wednesday night to fix its nose cone after a bird strike during a flight from Buon Ma Thuot to Ha Noi.

A spokesperson for the budget carrier said it had to delay the next flight from Ha Noi to HCM City for half an hour to replace the damaged one. Many later flights were also affected. — VNS

 

GLOSSARY

 

Vietjet aircraft suffered several bird strikes last month, propelling authorities to send the aircraft for technical check-ups and repair, a Vietjet Air representative said.

Bird strikes happen when an aircraft and a bird crash into one another.

The strikes propel the authorities because they cause the authorities to have to do something about the problem.

 

These incidents delayed many flights, causing trouble for the carrier and passengers.

 

A carrier is an airline company that has planes that carry people and cargo from one airport to another.

 

Vietjet Air has proposed to the Civil Aviation Authority of Viet Nam to initiate proper measures to keep birds away, especially during the migratory season.

To propose something means to put it forward as a good idea.

 

To initiate means to start with a new plan, in this case it is one involving doing things to keep birds away from planes.

 

Many birds travel huge distances at different times of the year. They do so to be in places where there is lots of food. The times when they fly these distances, often in great numbers, is their migratory season. (To migrate means to move to a new home in great numbers.)

 

Cao Van Thai, deputy head of the security committee of the Airports Co-operation of Viet Nam, said birds posed a potential risk to aircraft.

If there is a risk, it means that there is a chance of danger happening. If there is a potential risk it means there is a chance of a risk.

 

Any collision with birds can damage an aircraft's body. Birds can enter the engines and destroy equipment if the aircraft is flying at high speed.

 

A collision between an aircraft and a bird happens when the two crash into one another.

 

However, this measure can only cope with small birds that fly at low altitudes.

 

Low altitudes are low heights.

 

A representative of the aviation authority said airports had done a good job but most of the bird strikes occurred while aircrafts were taking off and landing.

 

The aviation authority is the government agency in charge of things to do with aircraft and flying.

 

Thus, carriers should co-ordinate with localities to eliminate possible areas where birds can live such as ponds and trees in the surrounding areas.

 

If the carriers were to co-ordinate with localities, they would work together with them in such a way that they would do what they need to do, successfully.

 

To eliminate areas where birds can live means to make it impossible for birds to create their nests there.

 

About 30 bird strikes were reported at airports in Viet Nam recently, causing aircraft to cease operations to fix the problems.

 

If aircraft cease operations, they stop working.

 

In the latest incident, a Vietjet Air's Airbus 320 had to be grounded in Noi Bai International Airport on Wednesday night to fix its nose cone after a bird strike during a flight from Buon Ma Thuot to Ha Noi.

 

If a plane is grounded it is not allowed to fly.

 

The nose cone of a plane is its cone-shaped nose.

 

A spokesperson for the budget carrier said it had to delay the next flight from Ha Noi to HCM City for half an hour to replace the damaged one.

 

A budget carrier is an airline that offers cheap flights.

 

WORKSHEET

State whether the following sentences are true, or false:

1.      In the latest incident, a Vietjet Air's Airbus 320 had to be grounded after a bird strike during a flight from Ha Noi to Buon Ma Thuot.

 

2.      Vietjet Air sells only expensive air tickets.

 

3.      Planes travel so fast that birds can only damage their nose cones, never their engines.

 

4.      Cao Van Thai is the deputy head of the security committee of the Airports Co-operation of Viet Nam.

 

5.      It is far easier to drive away birds at high altitudes than at low altitudes.

 

ANSWERS:

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 1.  False; 2. False; 3. False; 4. True; 5. False.

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