A Dubai-bound Air India flight with 148 passengers on board landed under emergency conditions at the nearby Karipur International Airport soon after take off as it suffered a bird hit.
The Airbus A-321 flight with six crew onboard took off at 10 am before a bird hit the right engine, bending its blades under the impact.
Airport sources said the flight, carrying a full fuel load, dumped fuel into the sea and returned within 40 minutes. All passengers and crew are safe and have been accommodated in nearby hotels, they said.
Engineers are examining the flight and are rectifying the fault, they added.