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Plane returns to Birmingham Airport after bird strike

A passenger plane had to return to Birmingham Airport after a bird strike.

The Thomson Airways flight to Paphos in Cyprus had been scheduled to take off at 2.05pm on Wednesday.

Following the strike the plane looped back towards the runway and "landed safely", according to the airport.

There were no reports of any injuries aboard the 189-seat 737-800 plane.

A spokesman for Birmingham Airport said: "It was a bird strike.

"They did a loop back around and landed safely.

"There are no injuries and the passengers were all taken off and are now awaiting another plane."

A spokesman for the airline said: "Thomson Airways is sorry for the delay caused to passengers on board flight TOM7352 from Birmingham to Cyprus.

"The aircraft returned to Birmingham as a precautionary measure following a suspected bird strike.

"The plane landed safely for a routine inspection and customers will be on their way to Cyprus as soon as possible.

"The safety of our passengers and crew is of paramount importance and we would like to reassure customers that issues of this nature are very rare."


From Belfast Telegraph