A Boeing 737-500 operated by Batavia Air on route from Kupang to Bali was forced to make an emergency return to Kupang after colliding with a flock of shortly after take off.
The incident took place on Monday, October 3, 2011, shortly after the plane's departure at 3:30 p.m. with 127 passengers on board.
As reported by the National News Agency Antara, the passengers on the jet were diverted to a flight departing Kupang at 8:15 pm on the same day that landed in Bali at 7:15 local time.
“In the beginning,” said Dewi a passenger on the flight, “ the passengers panicked when they smelt something burning. Maybe a bird that was hit by the plane was sucked into the plane's engines.”
Dewi told the press that there were no injuries suffered by the passengers on the flight.
A stewardess made an announcement to the passengers that the plane would be making a precautionary return to Kupang due to the collision with birds.
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