Such incidents are far from rare – in 2016 ECHO reported an EasyJet flight to Malaga that had to be diverted after “the left engine ingested a bird”.
And as recently as 2019, emergency services, including the coastguard, were put on hold after suspected bird flies forced a Ryanair flight from Liverpool to Cyprus to turn around. .
According to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association website, a bird strike is a “real and not uncommon hazard,” with nine out of ten incidents occurring near airports during take-off or landing.
But he added: “The majority of them go unreported and cause little to no damage to the plane, although for the bird that’s another story. ”
Although a bird hardly corresponds to an airplane in terms of size, a collision between the two can cause serious damage if the bird collides with the jet engine of the airplane.
If a bird hits a fan blade, it can have a ripple effect, meaning that the other fan blades stop rotating as usual.
EasyJet flight EZY7023 departed the airport at 1:05 p.m. Friday afternoon and was heading to Jersey.
But the plane was forced to turn around in midair and make a sudden hijacking minutes later, after being struck by a bird.
Emergency services were put on standby at the airport around 1:20 p.m., as fire crews prepared for a “potential emergency landing.”
A man said the plane flew over New Brighton as it returned to the airport.
An EasyJet spokesperson said: “EasyJet flight EZY7023 from Liverpool to Jersey returned from the flight following a bird strike.
“The captain conducted a routine landing in accordance with standard operating procedures. We have arranged a replacement plane for the flight to Jersey.
“While this is beyond EasyJet’s control, we apologize for any inconvenience suffered and thank passengers for their patience and understanding.
“The safety of passengers and crew is EasyJet’s top priority.”