Etihad plane experiences "issue with an engine" and returns to airport

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A technical snag in the engine forced an Etihad Airways plane to return to Jaipur International Airport shortly after taking off, an airline spokesperson has confirmed.

Indian media, however, reported the flight returned supposedly due to a bird strike.

“An Etihad Airways Airbus A319 aircraft, operating as flight EY207 from Jaipur to Abu Dhabi, returned to Jaipur International Airport shortly after take-off due to a technical issue with an engine yesterday (May 10),” an Etihad Airways spokesman told Arabian Business.

“Passengers disembarked the aircraft and were taken back to the terminal. Our operational staff assisted passengers to ensure they reach their final destinations promptly.”

According to Times of India, flight EY-207, carrying nearly 106 passengers, took off at 4.59 pm on Wednesday and landed back at the Jaipur airport at 5.41 pm.

“It landed due to suspected bird hit. The flight is grounded here,” the daily quoted Jaideep Singh Balhara, director, Airport Authority of India Jaipur, as saying.

This week, an Emirates aircraft suffered a bird strike at Kolkata airport and was grounded which is third such incident at the airport in recent months.

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