‘Bird-hit’ forces Air Mauritius flight to land at IGI airport

An Air Mauritius flight, with 287 passengers on board, was forced to land at Indira Gandhi International Airport under emergency condition allegedly due to a bird-hit on Sunday.

Flight MK 745 (Delhi-Mauritius) took off around 8.30 am and had reached a height of 400 metres when the pilot requested emergency landing. A few blades of one of the engine propellers were found broken, but there was no damage to the engine.

Airport officials said six to seven blades of one of the engine propellers broke, after which the pilot made an announcement alerting the passengers on board. Emergency procedure was observed and fire service team, ambulances, Central Industrial Security Force QRT and doctors at the airport were alerted and put on stand by.

Following the emergency, all passengers were brought out of the aircraft safely and officials said no one was injured in the incident. Of the 287 passengers, 90 were couples on honeymoon, airport sources said.

The passengers were accommodated in a hotel, though many claimed that they were provided the facility only after an argument with the airline staff.

They will take the next flight to Mauritius on Monday, officials said.

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