Published on : Friday, October 20, 2017
A flight of Virgin Airlines that was heading to Brisbane was compelled to make an emergency landing at Melbourne Airport following a bird strike, probably thought to be an eagle that struck one of its engines.
Emergency services thereafter rushed to Melbourne airport on Friday morning after there were reports of a passenger aircraft hitting the bird mid-flight, as stated by a spokeswoman of Metropolitan Fire Brigade.
The police claimed that the airplane was able to land at the airport safely, prior to 10 a.m. and everyone on board were absolutely safe.
A spokesperson of Melbourne Airport told a regional news media agency that the VA319 plane struck suddenly while it was taking off using the east-west runway. The spokesperson said that the aircraft returned and landed safely around 9.45 a.m. Passengers disembarked a short while after 10 a.m.
The spokesperson said that the east-west runway at Melbourne Airport had been closed and the aircraft landed on the north-south runway.
He mentioned that a team conducted a thorough investigation of the east-west runway to check for debris from the incident and also ensure that the runway was clear of debris before it reopened. A spokesperson of Virgin then confirmed the VA319 flight from Melbourne to Brisbane had been impacted by the bird strike.
In an official statement the spokesperson said that after it suspected a bird strike the pilot decided to return to Melbourne Airport in line with standard operating processes and the aircraft landed safely at Melbourne Airport.
The airlines was unable to confirm the number of passengers affected but assured that they would be on their way to Brisbane at the earliest.