Incident: Azores A320 at Ponta Delgada on May 29th 2020, rejected takeoff due to bird strike

An Azores Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration CS-TKP performing flight S4-6128 from Ponta Delgada to Lisbon (Portugal), was accelerating for takeoff from Ponta Delgada’s runway 30 when the crew rejected takeoff at high speed (about 116 knots over ground) after the left hand engine (CFM56) ingested a bird. The aircraft slowed safely and returned to the apron.

The aircraft is still on the ground in Ponta Delgada about 77 hours (3 days and 5 hours) later.

The left hand engine received substantial damage.

On Jun 2nd 2020 The Aviation Herald learned the crew rejected takeoff due to strong vibrations from the left hand side and a high pitched noise. The aircraft slowed and stopped at about mid point of the runway. Substantial vibrations from the left hand (#1) engine continued even at idle thrust. Following inspection by emergency services the aircraft taxied to the apron, where passengers disembarked normally. A post flight examination of the engine revealed substantial damage to engine blades and surrounding panels.

The damage to the engine: