Bird hits Delhi bound AirAsia flight, narrow escape for passengers in Ranchi

The pilot used the emergency brake to land. Representation pic/AFP
The pilot used the emergency brake to land. Representation pic/AFP

Around 174 passengers of an AirAsia flight had a narrow escape in Jharkhand on Saturday, when the plane was hit by a bird as it was taking off.

According to sources at Birsa Munda Airport, the pilot used the emergency brake to land the plane, which was going from Ranchi to New Delhi.

"In the emergency landing, the blades of the plane got damaged and some smoke was seen after the incident. The passengers were taken out from the emergency door," an official said on condition of anonymity.

The incident comes after an AirAsia passenger on July 12, opened the flight's emergency door mid-air, as it was descending at the Birsa Munda Airport.

174 No. of passengers on the flight

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