By Tinuade Salami
At least three blades of a Delhi-bound passenger plane right engine have been damaged after it was hit by a wandering bird that caused the plane to abort take-off at Varanasi Airport in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh in India on Wednesday.
According to News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN), this is barely few weeks after a bird caused a passenger flight of low-cost private airline Indigo to make an emergency landing at Raipur Airport in the central state of Chhattisgarh.
According to a Senior Aviation official who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the incident occurred when flight number 9W 2423 of private airline Jet Airways, with 150 passengers on board was about to take off.
The official added that all the passengers including some international tourists were stranded at the Varanasi airport due to the incident, adding that a probe had been ordered.
This is the third incident recorded in a space of month on bird colliding with aircraft in India.
Similarly, on March 25, an Air Arabia international flight carrying 182 passengers and crew from Nepalese capital Kathmandu made an emergency landing at Lucknow Airport in Uttar Pradesh after the aircraft suffered a bird hit.
The flight was on its way to Sharjah.