Toronto-bound flight forced to return to Calgary after hitting bird

Aug 13 2019, 1:58 pm

Ouch.

A Toronto-bound WestJet plane had to make a midair U-turn and head back to the Calgary International Airport after striking a bird on its way across the Prairies.

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According to a WestJet spokesperson, Flight 660 “reported a bird strike after departure from Calgary earlier this morning.”

The flight returned to Calgary safely and the plane in question has been removed from service, with plans for a maintenance team to inspect it.

A total of 165 passengers were safely offloaded and were scheduled in for a flight at 2:30 pm on a different aircraft, according to the statement.