Early morning Edinburgh to Lanzarote flight declares emergency after hitting bird

A flight bound for Lanzarote from Edinburgh Airport has declared an emergency.

Thursday, 20th June 2019, 12:17 pm
The flight left Edinburgh at 6.10am. Picture: Lisa Ferguson/TSPL

The TUI TOM1454 flight was scheduled to leave the Capital at 6.10am.

It collided with a bird shortly into the journey and the aircraft was forced to attempt to land.

A landing was made at Glasgow Airport shortly thereafter.

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A spokeswoman for operator TUI said: "We would like to apologise to customers on board flight TOM1454 from Edinburgh to Lanzarote this morning, which diverted to Glasgow due to the aircraft suffering a bird strike.

"Customers have been provided with refreshment vouchers and the flight is due to depart soon.

"We understand how frustrating delays can be and we would like to thank customers for their patience. The safety and well-being of our passengers and crew is our highest priority."

Last week, a helicopter passenger was hurt after a wood pigeon smashed through the cockpit’s windscreen on approach to Edinburgh Airport.

The front seat passenger needed hospital treatment for face and hand injuries after being showered with debris.