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Bird strike forces plane’s return to Belfast airport

An aeroplane headed to Gatwick from Belfast was forced to return to the George Best Belfast City Airport shortly after take-off yesterday.

It is thought a bird hit the plane, forcing the pilot to follow emergency procedures.

An airport spokesman said: “We can confirm that Flybe BE965, which departed for London Gatwick at 11.50, did return to the airport following a suspected bird strike.

“As a precautionary measure the emergency procedures at the airport were enacted.” Fire and ambulance services were put on stand-by, but not needed.

A Flybe spokesman said: “The Embraer 195 aircraft is now being inspected by engineers and the passengers were re-accommodated on a replacement aircraft which departed at 1.07pm.”

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