An Air India flight with over 150 passengers on board suffered a bird-hit shortly after taking off from Dabolim airport on Sunday. The Mumbai-bound plane returned safely under emergency conditions. Given the damage to the aircraft, the airline authorities cancelled the flight, leaving passengers stranded at the airport.
According to information, the flight departed at 7 am; the pilot noticed a technical snag fifteen minutes later. He contacted the Air Traffic Control and sought permission to return to Dabolim airport. A team of engineers later inspected the aircraft and found that a bird had hit and damaged an engine blade, reports O’Heraldo.
The passengers were taken back to the departure area, where they demanded a flight to Mumbai at the earliest as most of them had to catch connecting flights to international destinations. However, their pleas fell on deaf ears. Chaos prevailed at the airport until evening.
“AI-886 suffered a bird hit and returned as an engine blade had been seriously damaged. I was also informed that engineers from Mumbai arrived in the afternoon to repair the aircraft, and it was fixed by evening. About the passengers, I was told that most of them were taken to Mumbai on a special flight in the evening,” said K S Rao, Director of Airport Authority of India.