Chartered plane makes emergency landing after bird
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 27, 2011, 18:29
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.


First Published: Thursday, October 27, 2011, 18:29

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