Delhi-bound Air India flight hits bird during takeoff, returns to runway in Raipur

An Air India flight from Chhattisgarh’s Raipur returned in safety to the airport after it suffered a bird hit. The incident was reported on Tuesday, September 14, when the flight took off for Delhi. There were no reports of any commotion.

According to officials' statement,  Flight AIC 469, with 179 passengers on board, was leaving for Delhi from the Chhattisgarh capital when the plane suffered the bird-hit at 10.05 am, following which the take-off was cancelled, Raipur Airport Director Rakesh Ranjan Sahay said. Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Renuka Singh was also among the passengers. She was going to Delhi to attend a meeting of the Union cabinet.

It is reported that "The passengers were subsequently de-boarded. Pieces of a bird's carcass were found during the inspection of the runway by the airport staff. The Air India's engineering personnel are inspecting the aircraft.”  According to officials, sometimes, bird hits cause major damage to an aircraft. The exact damage caused to the Air India aircraft will be found out after a complete inspection by the engineering staff, they added. 

On Monday, an Air India Express flight that took off from Thiruvananthapuram for Sharjah, in the UAE, was forced to turn back shortly after taking off due to a technical glitch. There were 170 passengers onboard the flight. The plane, which also had a crew of six, landed safely at Thiruvananthapuram airport and another flight was arranged for the passengers, including five infants, to travel to Sharjah, an Air India Express (AIE) spokesperson said.

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