Bird strike forces Southampton plane emergency landing

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Bird strike forces Southampton plane emergency landing

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Bird strike forces Southampton plane emergency landing

By Ofonime Essien

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An aircraft full of passengers bound for Spain was forced to turn around when a bird damaged one of its engines.

The Flybe flight from Southampton Airport to Alicante had just taken off at 10:00 GMT yesterday when it suffered a bird strike.

The pilot made an emergency landing shortly after 10:30.

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An airport spokeswoman said the engine continued to function while the plane returned and none of the 79 passengers or four-person crew were injured.

A Flybe spokeswoman said: “The aircraft landed safely without further incident at Southampton Airport and, as is common practice in such situations, the airport put its emergency vehicles on standby as a precautionary measure.

“All passengers disembarked as normal when the aircraft arrived on stand.

“Flybe is re-accommodating passengers on an alternate aircraft.

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“The safety of its passengers and crew is the airline’s number one priority and Flybe apologises to its passengers for the inconvenience experienced as a result of this incident.”


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Mr. Ofonime A. Essien, is a Helicopter Pilot. He is also a Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), Oracle Certified Associate (OCA), a Computer Forensics Expert, a Blogger, Web Master, a Writer and an Entrepreneur. He is an avid reader. He likes motivating others to achieve their dreams through writing and speaking.

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