A Flydubai plane flying from Dubai to the Saudi city of Jazan was forced to turn back after a birdstrike mid-air, according to reports.
According to the Aviation Herald, flight FZ-821 turned back after cabin crew reported smoke in the cabin. The aircraft landed safely back in Dubai about 15 minutes after departure.
The airline’s spokesperson said in a statement that the flight was delayed by close to four hours and the passengers were accommodated onto another aircraft.
The flight took off from Dubai International and was scheduled to land at Jizan Airport in Saudi Arabia at 1.30pm, but soon returned to land at Dubai airport after the incident.
“Flydubai flight FZ821 from Dubai to Jizan on February 10, 2019, returned to Dubai due to a bird strike. Passengers were accommodated on another aircraft and refreshments were provided. The flight was delayed by 3 hours and 55 minutes. We apologise for the inconvenience this may have caused to their travel schedules,” the spokesperson said.
Source: Khaleej Times