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Brussels Airlines aircraft forced to make U-turn after "bird strike"

A Brussels Airlines plane bound for Las Palmas in Spain has had to return to its place of departure, at Zaventem in Brussels Airport. An engine had been slightly damaged after it had gobbled up a bird during take-off.

The news was confirmed by a Brussels Airlines spokeswoman. She added that the aircraft, carrying 147 passengers, touched down safely.

The aircraft first had to fly a few circles above Antwerp because it was too heavy to land immediately. The spokeswoman said that a so-called bird strike is an incident that happens "regularly". Passengers will not be able to leave for Las Palmas straightaway. This should be possible tomorrow.  

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