Flight bound for Edinburgh turns back after hitting bird
The Aer Lingus aircraft struck a bird shortly after taking off from Dublin Airport.
A flight travelling to Edinburgh from Dublin was forced to turn back after it struck a bird shortly after take-off.
The Aer Lingus flight, which was operated by Stobart Air, took off from Dublin Airport around 5.55pm on Tuesday night.
Flight-tracking websites reported the ATR-72-600 propeller aircraft returned to the airport shortly afterwards.
Passengers were transferred to a new aircraft with a delay of around an hour and a half.
Stobart Air said damage to the aircraft was minimal.
The firm's managing director Graeme Buchanan said: "Stobart Air can confirm that flight EI3258 from Dublin to Edinburgh returned to Dublin following a bird strike.
"Damage to the aircraft was minimal and the plane landed as normal.
"All passengers were transferred on E13258A to Edinburgh."