It was on its way from Ranchi to Mumbai

New Delhi: An AirAsia India aircraft, VT-HKG, operating from Ranchi to Mumbai encountered a bird hit during scheduled departure at 11:50 am on Saturday.

The pilot had to abort the take-off and the aircraft is currently being inspected. The flight is scheduled to depart once the aircraft is cleared for operations.

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Speaking on the issue, a spokesperson from the airline said, “AirAsia India aircraft VT-HKG operating from Ranchi to Mumbai as flight i5-632 encountered a bird hit during scheduled departure at 11:50 hrs, today, 8th August 2020.”

“AirAsia India prioritises the safety of our guests and crew and regrets the inconvenience caused on account of this delay,” the spokesperson added.

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The development takes place within 24 hours of an Air India Express flight crash-landing at Kozhikode airport in Kerala, one of the tabletop airports of the country, on Friday night.

Twenty people, including the two pilots, died in the accident.

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