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It’s a bird, it’s a plane...it’s both! Bird strike delays Egyptian flight

The Egyptian Air flight was approaching landing in London’s biggest airport when a bird crashed into the nose of the plane

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An Egyptian flight was delayed in London’s Heathrow airport after a bird flew into the aircraft on Friday.

The Egyptian Air flight was approaching landing in London’s biggest airport when a bird crashed into the nose of the plane, causing damage to the aircraft, an official source of EgyptAir told Al Arabiya News channel’s Arabic website.

The flight, which was scheduled to return from London to Cairo on Friday at 22:30 GMT, was then delayed to Saturday, as engineers repaired the aircraft.

According to Egyptian daily al-Ahram, the passengers were accommodated at a nearby hotel, and boarded a 14:00 GMT flight on Saturday.

Bird collisions with planes, known as ‘bird strikes,’ is a fairly common phenomenon. Similar incidents occurred last week in India, Austria and the United States, where bird strikes caused flights to be delayed.

A Heathrow spokesman told Al Arabiya English that he had not been aware of the incident.