Bird hits Bhubaneswar-bound Vistara flight, all passengers safe

New Delhi: A Bhubaneshwar-bound aircraft of Vistara with 50 passengers and seven crew on board suffered a bird hit on Thursday when it was in the process of landing at the Biju Patnaik International Airport.

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Representational image. Photo courtesy: Vistara Facebook page

The Airbus A320 aircraft, however, made a normal landing and all passengers are safe.

"Vistara flight UK 709 Delhi to Bhubaneshwar this morning experienced a bird hit on approach and continued to a safe landing at Biju Patnaik International Airport. All 50 passengers and seven crew on board our Airbus 320 aircraft are safe," Vistara said in a statement.

The bird-hit aircraft is grounded at the Bhubaneshwar airport where engineers are assessing the damage to the plane, they said, adding, the incident took place some 70 kms off the Bhubaneshwar airport.

The airline, a Tata-SIA joint venture, said the bird-hit aircraft is expected to be released for operations later today, adding, "There are, however, no cancellations as of now though the return Bhubaneshwar-Delhi leg is delayed until the engineering work is complete."


Published Date: May 05, 2016 02:52 pm | Updated Date: May 05, 2016 02:52 pm