Plane engine sucks in bird in Brazil

(FILE) File picture of a TAM airlines A320 Airbus taking off from Porto Alegre's airport, southern Brazil, on 18 July, 2007. The Brazilian company suffered a 200 million USD loss in 2011 after a 380 million USD profit in 2010. AFP PHOTO JEFFERSON BERNARDES

SAO PAULO: An Airbus A330 passenger jet was forced to return to Brasilia's international airport after a bird was sucked into one of the engines minutes after takeoff, the Portuguese airliner TAP said Thursday.

The plane was heading to Lisbon on Wednesday with 258 passengers and 11 crew members aboard when the pilot noticed something was wrong in one of the engines, said Simone Caniello, a TAP spokeswoman in Brazil.

Less than 20 minutes after takeoff, the pilot decided to return to the airport, said Caniello. The plane landed normally and no one was hurt.

The passengers were scheduled to fly to Lisbon on Thursday night.





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