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Published on : Saturday, July 1, 2017
A packed aircraft of EasyJet was compelled to make an emergency landing after a bird flew right into it immediately after it had taken off. Police, ambulance and fire personnel rushed to Inverness Airport after the bird had flown into the EasyJet flight to Gatwick that was carrying 176 passengers along with crew members.
Passengers later spoke about the ‘horrendous noise’ as the bird struck the airplane.
They admired the efforts of the pilot who was capable of turning the plane around and make an emergency landing at the same airport.
One of the passengers named Graham Paterson described how the airplane reached full speed before the bird hit the left hand side of the aircraft. The pilot had to continue going for a short while at a reasonable speed. It was ascending at a steep ascent.
Thereafter, it was able to level off quicker than normal.
The passengers had little choice but to wait for an alternative flight to reach their destination. One of the passengers said that the captain announced that they would be circling at 7,000 feet prior to landing again at Inverness.
He went on to add that when they landed, the pilot arrived and told them that it might take a while to inspect the engines.
A spokesperson for Highlands and Islands Airports Limited had confirmed that the aircraft had landed absolutely safely around 3.40 p.m. A spokesman for Highlands and Islands Airports Limited confirmed that the plane had landed at 4.30 p.m. He said that Inverness Airport staff members co-ordinated with the staff members of EasyJet to make sure that the passengers were offered assistance.
The Scottish Government Minister for Transport and the Islands, Humza Yousaf later posted a tweet praising the bold efforts of the crew members and the captain of the flight for being able to perform a safe emergency landing.
The passengers were taken to the departure lounge where they had to wait for another EasyJet flight that had transported them to London Gatwick for 10 p.m.
The spokesperson offered an apology to the passengers for the inconvenience for the delay.