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Flight bound for Edinburgh turns back after hitting bird

The Aer Lingus aircraft struck a bird shortly after taking off from Dublin Airport.

Flight: Plane returned to airport. <strong>CC</strong>
Flight: Plane returned to airport. CC

A flight travelling to Edinburgh from Dublin was forced to turn back after it struck a bird shortly after take-off.

The Aer Lingus flight, which was operated by Stobart Air, took off from Dublin Airport around 5.55pm on Tuesday night.

Flight-tracking websites reported the ATR-72-600 propeller aircraft returned to the airport shortly afterwards.

Passengers were transferred to a new aircraft with a delay of around an hour and a half.

Stobart Air said damage to the aircraft was minimal.

The firm’s managing director Graeme Buchanan said: “Stobart Air can confirm that flight EI3258 from Dublin to Edinburgh returned to Dublin following a bird strike. 

“Damage to the aircraft was minimal and the plane landed as normal. 

“All passengers were transferred on E13258A to Edinburgh.”

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