1. ITV Report

Plane makes emergency landing at Cardiff Airport after hitting bird

Passengers on a flight from Cardiff to Paris faced delays after their plane hit a bird shortly after take off.

The plane returned to Cardiff Airport for emergency engine checks. Credit: ITV News

The Flybe plane took off for Charles de Gaulle in Paris at 9:25am and should've landed an hour and 20 minutes later.

But, it struck a bird minutes into the journey and the plane was forced to do an emergency U-turn.

The aircraft circled over South Wales before it was given permission to return to land at Cardiff Airport to be inspected.

A spokesperson for Flybe said safety was it's number one priority.

Flybe can confirm that the above flight returned from airborne this morning as a precaution following a birdstrike en route between Cardiff and Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.

The aircraft landed safely without further incident and, as is common practice in such situations, the airport put its emergency vehicles on standby.

Flybe would like to apologise for any inconvenience experienced however the safety of its passengers and crew is the airline's number one priority at all times.

– Spokesperson, Flybe