Mangaluru. A Dubai-bound flight had a bird strike on the runway of the Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) on Thursday morning, forcing the flight to be cancelled. Airport sources gave this information.
Sources said that the incident took place around 8.30 am. The bird hit the wing of the airline ‘Indigo’, which was ready to take off. The pilot immediately informed the air traffic control (ATC) and the flight was cancelled. After the incident, 160 passengers were offloaded from the aircraft.
The incident created panic at the airport for some time. Later, alternate arrangements were made to take the passengers to Dubai by another flight from Bengaluru. He said technical experts are inspecting the aircraft.
MIA officials said in a statement that flight 6E1467 IXE-DXB (which was scheduled to take off at 8.25 am) had a bird hit as it entered the runway from the ‘taxiway’. The pilot informed the ATC and the aircraft returned to the apron at 8.30 am. After this all the passengers were taken off the plane.
According to the statement, “IndiGo has made alternate travel arrangements for 165 passengers who were to leave for Bengaluru by flight number 6E5347 (at 9.10 am). There is no need to panic. ”The flight to Dubai left at 11:05 am.
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