Panaji: A Dutch charter plane, with 263
passengers onboard, on Thursday made an emergency landing at the
airport here after a bird hit, airport officials said.
An airport spokesman said that the plane, operated by
Netherland-based Air Arkefly, which had originated from
Amsterdam and was supposed to fly to Colombo after a halt in
Goa, was taking off from the airstrip here around 7.30 AM when
a bird hit the engine of the plane.
"The bird was tucked inside the engine, which was
damaged," the spokesman said, adding that the flight was
aborted immediately by the pilot.
All the 263 passengers onboard, mostly from European
countries, are safe and alternate arrangements are being made
to fly them to Colombo, the spokesman said.