An Air India flight that took off from Raipur for Delhi returned to the runway shortly after it hit a bird, according to news agency ANI.

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A Delhi bound Air India flight that took off from Raipur on Tuesday returned to the runway shortly after it hit a bird, according to news agency ANI.

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All the passengers have been deplaned, ANI quoted Raipur Airport Director as saying.

Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Renuka Singh was also among the passengers. Her personal staff stated she was travelling to Delhi for a meeting of the Union cabinet. Officials say that bird strikes can sometimes cause serious damage to an aeroplane. They stated that the exact damage to the Air India aircraft will be determined after a thorough investigation by the engineering personnel.

Recently, on September 6, a similar incident occurred when an airline reported that a Delhi-bound Indigo flight that took off from Guwahati suffered a bird strike in the engine and landed safely in Guwahati, with all passengers and crew members safe. According to IndiGo’s statement, after a bird strike, while taking off, flight 6E 2329 from Guwahati to Delhi landed safely at Guwahati airport on September 6. There were no injuries to any of the 99 passengers or six crew members. The bird strike damaged the aircraft’s engine, thus the pilots opted to return to the original airfield right away. The carrier reportedly arranged for another aircraft to Delhi, and the customers were placed on the next flight that day.

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