A flydubai flight from Dubai to Saudi Arabia had to return to Dubai International Airport Sunday after hitting a bird shortly after takeoff, according to Al Riyadh newspaper.
Flight FZ821 took off from Dubai International Airport and was heading to King Abdulla Airport in the Saudi province of Jazan when the incident occured.
The Dubai-based low-cost airline said that the bird collided with one of the plane’s engines.
The plane landed safely at Dubai airport but passengers had to wait for more than four hours for another flight.
According to the flydubai website, the flight arrived safely at King Abdulla Airport in the Saudi province of Jazan at 17.46pm local time, some five hours later than planned.
The risk of a bird strike to a passenger jet was highlighted in 2009 when U.S. Airways Flight 1549 flew into a flock of Canada geese just moments after takeoff, causing both of the Airbus A320's engines to fail.
The plane crash landed on the Hudson River, with all passengers evacuated safely, leading the event to become known as the Miracleon the Hudson.
Between 2008 and 2017, there were around 14,000 incidents of birds striking passengers aircraft in the US alone, usually during take off or landing, according to Travel Weekly.