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Plane turns back to Birmingham Airport after bird strike

The Thomas Airways plane had to loop back towards the runway. Credit: PA Images

A passenger plane had to return to Birmingham Airport after a bird strike.

The Thomson Airways flight to Paphos in Cyprus had been scheduled to take off at 2.05pm but the plane had to loop back towards the runway.

There were no reports of any injuries aboard the 189-seat 737-800 plane.

The airline Thomson has apologised for the delays and wants to reassure customers that issues of this nature are very rare.

They did a loop back around and landed safely. There are no injuries and the passengers were all taken off and are now awaiting another plane.

– Spokesman for Birmingham Airport
  1. Chris Halpin

Airport worker saves family holiday after chickenpox flight ban

A family from Coventry who almost lost their holiday because their youngest had chickenpox say they've made a lifelong friend in an airport worker who saved the day.

The Doyle family were asked to leave a plane when cabin crew discovered their one year old was recovering from the contagious illness.

In order to fly, a fitness to fly letter is needed from a GP, but in a mix up at their surgery they didn't have one.

So when customer services worker Zita Small bumped into the disappointed family in the terminal building, she made it her mission to get them from Birmingham to Portugal. Chris Halpin reports.

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