Bird Strikes Voe Pass ATR 72 Aircraft in Sao Paulo!

A VoePass ATR-72 collided with a large predator bird on landing at Sao Paulo-Congonhas, resulting in damage to the radome.

On Thursday, a Voepass Linhas Aereas (2Z) ATR 72-500 collided with a large predator bird while landing at Sao Paulo Congonhas Airport (CGH) in Brazil. The footage of the incident shows the aircraft suffered some damage due to the bird strike.

The ATR-72 with registration PP-PTN was involved in the incident and as seen in footage shared on the internet, the bird that hit the plane remained in the radome part.

Following the incident, It was announced that the turboprop was thoroughly checked and no one was injured in the incident.

VOEPASS Linhas Aéreas is a regional airline based in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo which operates regional services in Brazil with a fleet of 17 turboprops.

Voepass, an ATR operator in Brazil

Voepass Linhas Aéreas is a carrier rebranded from the former Passaredo Linhas Aéreas in 2019. The regional airline currently has a fleet of 12 turboprop aircraft. It owns two ATR 42-500 (wet-leased to another regional airline, MAP Linhas Aéreas), eight ATR 72-500 (including one wet-leased to MAP Linhas Aéreas), and two ATR 72-600. It also expects to receive five additional aircraft in the future.

According to data by Cirium, the airline operates 370 weekly domestic flights in December 2022, some on behalf of GOL Linhas Aéreas. Overall, Voepass operates 35 domestic routes. This year, Voepass has carried 430,478 passengers.

Recently, the airline announced it will begin flying between Fernando de Noronha Airport (FEN) and Recife International Airport (REC) in January 2023. Voepass operations will be carried out in codeshare with GOL Linhas Aéreas and LATAM Brasil, enabling connections with the hub of both companies in Recife. “Once again, we have teamed up with our partners and managed to make this new network feasible, which contemplates the island’s inhabitants, its administrators, and thousands of tourists from all over Brazil with mobility, allowing access to and from any destination in Brazil and the world. For us, this was a great step; operating on the island was an old dream of the company,” said Eduardo Busch, CEO.

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