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Published on : Wednesday, July 27, 2016
In order to make a safe landing, the decision was taken to divert and head to London’s Gatwick Airport.
The incident happened soon after easyJet flight EZY7179 took off on the journey to Malaga with 179 passengers and six crew members on board.
Passengers were delayed for about five hours as they were transferred to a replacement craft and taken to Malaga.
The AeroInside website said that “the left hand engine ingested a bird” which “resulted in a huge bang from the engine and a brief loss of engine power”. The website continued that the engine completely recovered from the episode but after more than 50 minutes later, the crew decided to turn around and divert to London Gatwick for a safe landing.
An easyJet spokesman said that the flight an confirm that the captain of flight EZY7179 from Liverpool to Malaga took the decision to divert to London Gatwick as a result of a bird strike on take-off. The landing of the aircraft took place routinely at Gatwick and passengers continued their journey on a replacement aircraft later the same day. Focusing on the safety of its passengers, easyJet spokesperson said that it operates its fleet of aircraft in strict compliance with all manufacturers’ guidelines.