EasyJet plane makes emergency return after mid-air bird strike

EasyJet plane makes emergency return after mid-air bird strike

August 21, 2020

EasyJet plane makes emergency return to Liverpool after hitting a bird in mid-air

  • Aircraft was on its way to Jersey when it had to make a diversion and head back
  • Two ambulances were called to John Lennon Airport as part of the response
  • Fire crews were alerted for a ‘potential emergency’ landing but later stood down 

An EastJet plane was forced into an emergency return to Liverpool this afternoon after a mid-air bird strike.

The aircraft was travelling to Jersey when it was spotted making a diversion, and then heading back to John Lennon Airport. 

Emergency services were scrambled to the scene, with two ambulances called just before 1.30pm. 

An EastJet plane, pictured, was forced into an emergency return to Liverpool this afternoon after a mid-air bird strike

Emergency services were scrambled to the scene at John Lennon Airport just before 1.30pm

Fire crews were put on alert for a ‘potential emergency’ landing but were later stood down, the Liverpool Echo reports. 

Passengers affected by the disruption should be getting an alternative flight to their destination later today. 

A spokesman for the airline said:  ‘easyJet flight EZY7023 from Liverpool to Jersey returned from airborne following a bird strike.

‘The captain performed a routine landing in accordance with standard operating procedures. We have arranged a replacement aircraft to operate the flight to Jersey.

‘Whilst this is outside of easyJet’s control, we apologise for any inconvenience experienced and thank passengers for their patience and understanding.

‘The safety of passengers and crew is easyJet’s highest priority.’

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