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Bird strike damages commercial airplane engine in Owerri.

Air Peace airline has announced that an incident with a bird grounded one of its flights on Monday, November 22, 2021.⁣

Flight P47159 took off in Owerri, Imo State when it recorded a bird strike few minutes later, according to an official statement released late on Monday.⁣

The strike affected the parameters of one of the engines of the Lagos-bound aircraft.⁣

“The pilot-in-command had to divert to Port-Harcourt and safely landed the aircraft while the passengers disembarked normally,” the airline said.⁣

A rescue team was dispatched to airlift the affected passengers to their destination.⁣

Bird strike incidents, especially during takeoff, have happened numerous times this year with different airlines, and similarly affected engines and forced planes to make emergency landings.⁣

Airline operators in May called on the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to curtail the movement of birds around airports in the country.⁣

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