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Aircraft hits peacocks at Mattala

A Fly Dubai flight, which took off for Sharjah, from the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA), had to be aborted due to damage caused to its body when it hit two peacocks.

Ceylontoday, 2014-01-12 02:01:00

Aircraft hits peacocks at Mattala

by Menaka Indrakumar

A Fly Dubai flight, which took off for Sharjah, from the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA), had to be aborted due to damage caused to its body when it hit two peacocks.

Director General of Civil Aviation, H.M.C. Nimalsiri, told Ceylon Today, the flight was scheduled to leave the airport around 9 a.m., however, during the takeoff the flight was hit by two peacocks, which died instantly.

The peacocks, perched on a tree, took off when the flight flew over the tree. The Fly Dubai Airlines flight was aborted immediately due to the damages it sustained.

The passengers were checked into a hotel, till another flight was arranged for Sharjah that took off at midnight yesterday.

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