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Bhubaneswar: Indigo flight withdrawn for maintenance after bird hit

Bhubaneswar: An Indigo aircraft on a flight from Kolkata to Bhubaneswar, which landed at the Biju Patnaik International Airport here after suffering a bird hit, was withdrawn for maintenance, the airline said.

"On arrival at Bhubaneswar today it was observed that 6E-293 from Kolkata to Bhubaneswar had suffered a bird strike," a statement from the airline said.

It said IndiGo engineering staff took a precautionary measure and withdrew the aircraft from operation for maintenance work.

Consequently, 6E-256 flight from Bhubaneswar to Delhi was cancelled and all 117 passengers booked on this flight  had been informed, it said.

It adding that all the passengers had been accommodated on another IndiGo flights via Hyderabad and Kolkata.

The company regretted the inconvenience caused to the passengers.

Earlier, Airport Director R Mahalingam had said the Kolkata-Bhubaneswar-Mumbai IndiGo flight had been grounded at Bhubaneswar following detection of some technical problem after it landed here and its onward journey was cancelled.

He had ruled out bird hit during landing of the flight at Bhubaneswar, as reported in a section of media, and said it was a normal landing and all passengers and crew were safe.

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