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