KUALA LUMPUR: A Kuala Lumpur-bound AirAsia X flight made a diversion shortly after the plane took off at the Gold Coast airport in Queensland, Australia on Monday night, after it was believed to have been struck by birds.
According to The Star Online, the low-cost long haul airline in a statement said flight D7207 was diverted to the nearby Brisbane Airport after it experienced bird strike to its starboard engine at 10.20pm after take off.
The airline said the plane, carrying 345 passengers and 14 crew members made a safe landing at the airport at 11.33pm. It said two bird remains were found on the runway at the Gold Coast Airport.
“We are following all regulatory guidelines to ensure the safety and well-being of our guests, who are currently being attended to by our ground staff,” AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail said in the statement.
“We would like to commend our pilot and crew members for their professionalism and swift action to reassure passengers who were on board flight D7 207 and to land the aircraft safely in Brisbane airport.”
He added that the airline will arrange for a special flight to transport all its passengers from Flight D7207 to Kuala Lumpur as soon as possible, the English news portal reported.