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March 01, 2018

Collision with bird suspends Dragonair flight

An airplane of Dragonair. Photo: Zaw Gyi (Panita)
An airplane of Dragonair. Photo: Zaw Gyi (Panita)

A DragonAIR flight bound for Hong Kong was forced to land as it was struck by a bird shortly after takeoff yesterday, according to an official from Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Limited.
The Airbus B-HTF A-321 returned to Yangon Airport at about 1:40 pm after the bird hit the windshield and caused a crack 15 minutes after takeoff.
“We arranged hotel accommodations for passengers and [gave] some passengers with an alternate flight, with further arrangements for ensuring convenience of remaining passengers,” an airline representative told the Myanmar News Agency.
The flight was carrying 131 passengers—30 Myanmar citizens and 101 foreigners. The passengers were accommodated at the Sule Shangri-La Hotel.
Repairs to the damage caused by the bird are underway at Yangon Airport. The status of the bird that collided with the aircraft could not be confirmed.—Zawgyi (Panita)


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