A Doha bound Indigo flight had to make an unscheduled landing in Chennai after a bird-hit to the flight. The bird hit the plane’s engines immediately after take-off (1.47am Indian time) on early Thursday morning and had to return to the airport at 2.20am. All 134 passengers and crew onboard the craft were unhurt.
The flight which has a twin-engine Airbus A320 (VT-IEI), took from the runway 25 end. While heading for the allotted track, the flight crew experienced a bird-hit at 5,500ft over the southwest area of Chennai. The plane was at a speed of about 270 knots then.
The crew levelled off the aircraft at around 10,000ft and began descent to return to Chennai. The jet was grounded.
“Indigo Flight 6E-1707 from Chennai to Doha had a bird hit (on 16, as the aircraft was climbing after take-off,” the airline said in a statement.
“Due to precautionary reasons, the pilot decided to return to Chennai for aircraft inspection,” it added.
“During the process, crew informed all passengers and IndiGo arranged for an alternate aircraft to avoid inconvenience to passengers. At no point, safety of the passengers was compromised,” the release said.
The flight eventually reached Doha at 6.33 am instead of the scheduled 2.45am, according to the Hamad International Airport website.