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Bird strike forces China-bound flight to return to Taoyuan

2012/07/10 21:10:45

Taipei, July 10 (CNA) A bird strike forced a China Eastern Airlines flight bound for Shanghai to make an emergency return to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on Tuesday, the airline said.

Flight MU5008, which departed Taoyuan at 4:26 p.m. for Shanghai Pudong International Airport, collided with a hawk shortly after takeoff, the airline said.

The 299 passengers and crew members onboard the Airbus A330 aircraft were all unhurt, the airline said.

The flight landed safely and the passengers were transferred to other aircraft that departed for Pudong later in the day, the airline said. The first plane is undergoing maintenance, it said.

(By Bien Chen-feng and Hanna Liu)