Raipur: An Air India plane carrying 179 passengers had to abandon take-off after suffering a bird-hit while ascending on the runway of the Swami Vivekanand Airport in Raipur. The flight AIC 469 was leaving for Delhi from Raipur airport when a bird hit the plane at 10.05 am following which the take-off was cancelled, Raipur Airport Director Rakesh Ranjan Sahay told reporters.Also Read - Delhiites Beware! Pay Fine up to Rs 10,000 or Face 6-month Jail if Not Carrying PUC
“The passengers were subsequently de-boarded. Pieces of a bird’s carcass were found during inspection of the runway by the airport staff. The Air India’s engineering personnel are inspecting the aircraft,” he added. Also Read - Delhi Govt to Prepare 'Pusa' Bio-Decomposer From Sep 24 to Curb Stubble Burning
Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Renuka Singh, was also among the passengers. She was going to Delhi to attend a meeting of the Union cabinet, her personal staff said. Also Read - Delhi's Bharat Darshan Park With Replicas of 21 Monuments Likely to Open by October. Check Entry Fee, Other Details
Meanwhile, the exact damage caused to the Air India aircraft will be ascertained after a complete inspection by the engineering staff, officials said.