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Bird hits flight to Mumbai, passengers late by 10 hrs

A major tragedy was averted at the Indore Airport on Wednesday morning as a bird hit a Kingfisher flight to Mumbai, causing extensive engine damage and forcing the pilot to return 15 minutes after take-off, company sources said, reports Salil Mekaad.
Hindustan Times | By Salil Mekaad, Indore
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2009 01:54 AM IST

A major tragedy was averted at the Indore Airport on Wednesday morning as a bird hit a Kingfisher flight to Mumbai, causing extensive engine damage and forcing the pilot to return 15 minutes after take-off, company sources said.

The bird hit the fans of one of the engines during take-off at 8.30 am, forcing the flight to be grounded, Kingfisher airport manager Dipayan Roy told HT.

The pilot advised the Air Traffic Control to prepare for a return following which it landed 15 minutes after take-off, he said adding no injuries were reported and the passengers were safe.

At about 6:30 pm another Kingfisher aircraft accommodated 45 passengers. The rest of the passengers left at 9 pm after the original aircraft was repaired. One of the passengers, who did not wish to be named, told HT that he heard a loud noise from the engine during take-off, sending ripples down the spines of the travellers.

Outstation passengers were accommodated in a hotel while locals were sent home, said a Kingfisher spokesperson.

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