VISAKHAPATNAM: More than a hundred passengers of a Jet Airways flight coming from Mumbai had a lucky escape after the plane was hit by a bird during landing at Visakhapatnam airport on Monday afternoon.
A bird got sucked into the engine a few minutes before the Mumbai-Vizag flight was to land around 12.40 pm. However, the pilot managed to land the plane smoothly. The return flight was cancelled. About 100 passengers, who were to travel to Mumbai for the 1 pm return flight, had to take alternative flights. Some of them cancelled their journey, sources said.
The airport authorities were tight-lipped over the bird-hit incident. According to sources, the plane was being repaired as the bird got stuck in the engine. Daily 16 flights operate from the airport.