In a shocking news, a Delhi-bound Air India flight from Bhopal, carrying 122 passengers and crew on board, was diverted to Jaipur today after the aircraft suffered a bird hit during take-off. “All the passengers deplaned safely after the aircraft landed at Jaipur. The aircraft suffered the bird hit during the take off from Bhopal airport this morning,” an Air India spokesperson said.
The aircraft has been grounded and Air India is assessing the damage to the plane.
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Birds crashing into planes usually pose an element of danger, with some recorded yet rare incidents where such accidents had resulted in fatalities.
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Earlier, the Prime Ministers Office had sought a detailed performance report from flag carrier Air India, which is surviving on a Rs 30,000 crore bailout package from the exchequer. The government-run carrier reported operating profit of Rs 105 crore, the first time since the merger of erstwhile Air India and Indian Airlines, in the previous fiscal mainly on account of low fuel prices and discounted ticket sales, among others.