A bird strike damaged an Air France (AF) Airbus A350 900 aircraft on May 28, 2023, when it was flying flight AF291 from Osaka-Kansai (KIX), Japan, to Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG). Consequently causing harm to its nose cone. As a result, the plane made an emergency declaration at 11:00 JST and returned to the departure airport.
The Airbus A350-900, bearing the registration F-HTYO, was expected to travel the usual path, according to flight tracking software. A general emergency was reported to air traffic control, when it turned around and started to descend while it was flying away from the Japanese shore at a height of 34,000 feet (about 11,000 meters).
The fact that the pilots did not immediately realize the magnitude of the damage after the bird impact, which became more obvious as the plane climbed, may have contributed to the delay in their return.
At 14:25 JST, AF291 made a safe landing in Osaka, briefly blocking runway 24R for nearly an hour to allow for inspection. The plane carrying 324 passengers and crew reported no injuries.