Virgin Australia 737 declares PAN after bird strike (20 Oct 2017)

A Virgin Australia Boeing 737 departing Melbourne for Brisbane (VOZ319) on RWY27 reportedly struck an eagle carrying a rabbit on takeoff.

The crew declared a PAN after cockpit indications showed excessive vibration on the number one engine. ATC vectored the aircraft for a RWY16 approach where an uneventful landing was carried out.

Unfortunately the ATC transmissions can’t be clearly heard in this recording due to weak reception/distance.

Have a listen to this communication. Animal hazards (particularly bird strikes) are common at many airports. Do you think the communications relating to this incident are correct. How do you think they would differ if the engine had ceased to operate?

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