737 fills in after Aurigny bird strike
Saturday 5th October 2013, 10:41AM BST.
AN AURIGNY plane was damaged when it struck birds a few minutes into a flight to Stansted – and the airline chartered a jet to keep passengers moving.
The flight had to turn around and land back in Guernsey for inspection after Thursday’s incident.
Aurigny said the aircraft landed safely but some damage was found on one of the propellers, meaning the plane could not complete its journey.
Passengers were put on a flight to East Midlands Airport, where Aurigny organised coaches to take them to Stansted.
Aurigny commercial director Malcolm Coupar confirmed it was standard operating procedure to have the aircraft checked for damage.
‘The aircraft landed safely and on inspection some damage was found on one of the propellers and the aircraft was taken out of service for repair. Passengers from the northbound flight were sent on our East Midlands flight and coached to Stansted.
‘A Titan Airways Boeing 737 was chartered to carry the southbound passengers from Stansted to Guernsey and to perform a round-trip to London Gatwick from Guernsey. The damaged aircraft was returned to service this morning [yesterday].