On 24 November, a Malta Air (operating for Ryanair) Boeing 737-800 (registered 9H-QDG) operated flight FR1194 between London Stansted, United Kingdom, and Bologna, Italy. During the approach towards the Italian airport, the aircraft was hit by a flock of herons.
The pilots were able to safely continue the landing at Bologna Airport, despite damage to the nose, windshield, both wings. A few herons were ingested by the right-hand engine, which suffered a compressor stall.
A post-flight inspection revealed that the left-hand engine was also hit. Following pictures with the damage to the aircraft appeared on social media:
Bird strike severo en un vuelo de @Ryanair
Salen fotos en hilo.
Con lo que se ve en la pick up, el kumpa argentino se pondría un puestito de parripollo pic.twitter.com/RsC8fGnPjs
— Vuelos y Viajes (@flyezequiel) November 27, 2021
At the moment of writing, the aircraft is still grounded at Bologna Airport.