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Korean Air flight makes emergency landing after 'bird strike'

Christian Fernsby ▼ | April 12, 2019
A domestic Korean Air flight was forced to return to Seoul's Gimpo Airport after airline officials said a "bird strike" caused engine problems.
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Korean Air flight 1203 returned to its point of departure Thursday morning less than an hour after takeoff; at Gimpo, the plane made an emergency landing, News 1 reported Thursday.

A Korean Air representative told News 1 the pilot made a call to control tower at 7:37 a.m. after detecting a "vibration" in the cabin. In three minutes, the pilot decided to return to Seoul, according to the report.

The representative also said a bird collided with the engine of the airplane; loud noises and sparks were reported at the time of the incident.

A total of 189 passengers were on the flight. They were able to board the next flight leaving for Jeju Island at 9:30 a.m.

Passengers aboard the flight said the crew announced the plane was returning to its point of origin after the engine breakdown, but did not provide reasons why, Yonhap reported.