SIA plane forced to turn back after getting hit by birds
A Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight that departed from Istanbul, Turkey, was forced to turn back.
SQ391, which took off at 1.30pm (Istanbul time) on Monday (Aug 17), was supposed to land in Singapore today (Aug 18) at 5am.
But after take-off, the plane collided with a flock of birds.
Called a bird strike, this term is used to describe any collision between an an airborne animal and a man-made vehicle.
Due to the damage to the plane, it was forced to turn back to Istanbul.
All 255 passengers and 14 crew members disembarked normally.
An SIA spokesman told The New Paper: "Arrangements have been made for passengers to be re-booked on alternative flights into Singapore or accommodated in hotels.
"A relief flight from Singapore to Istanbul will be deployed today.
"The relief flight is estimated to depart Istanbul at 2.40am (Istanbul Time) and arrive in Singapore at 6.06pm (Singapore time) tomorrow (Aug 19).
"Our engineers on ground have been activated to assess the extent of the damage."