A Kish Air Airbus A321-200, registration UR-CPM performing flight Y9-7118 from Kish Island to Tabriz (Iran), was accelerating for takeoff from Kish Island’s runway 26R when a gazelle impacted the right hand engine (CFM56) prompting the crew to reject takeoff at high speed (above 92 knots over ground). The aircraft slowed safely and returned to the apron. The gazelle did not survive the impact.
A replacement McDonnell Douglas MD-83 registration EP-LCI reached Tabriz with a delay of about 8 hours.
The occurrence engine received a dent to the engine inlet and damage to a number of fan blades. The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Kish about 89 hours later.