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Friday 22 September 2017

Aer Lingus flight forced to turn back after hitting flock of pigeons

The plane was ordered to land as a safety precaution
The plane was ordered to land as a safety precaution
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

A Dublin-bound Aer Lingus flight had to turn around this afternoon after the airplane struck a flock of pigeons.

The incident happened straight after take-off at 12.33pm today.

The pigeons flew into flight EI451's engines shortly after it took off from Naples International Airport.

It was scheduled to land in Dublin at 3pm this afternoon.

All 148 passengers will now travel on an alternative flight later this evening.

A spokesperson for Aer Lingus told Independent.ie: "The aircraft encountered a bird-strike during take-off. As a precautionary measure the flight returned to Naples and landed safely at 13:14 (local time).

"The aircraft is now receiving maintenance attention at Naples. Guests will be brought to Dublin on an alternative flight later this evening."

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