A Kingfisher flight to Mumbai reported a bird hit soon after it took off from Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) on Monday morning.
However, the pilot decided to proceed with the journey and the aircraft landed safely at Mumbai airport.
"IT 302, operating from New Delhi to Mumbai, reported a 'suspected' bird hit after takeoff, during the climb phase,” said a Kingfisher spokesperson. “Because all the operating parameters of the engine and the aircraft were normal, the commander decided to continue onwards to Mumbai. The aircraft, an Airbus A321 with 153 guests and seven crew members, made an absolutely normal and safe landing at Mumbai airport at 8.12 am," he said.
According to the officials, during the post-flight check after landing in Mumbai, the hit was confirmed.
"The aircraft will be returned into service once the damage has been rectified," the spokesperson clarified.
With inputs from PTI