Flames coming out of the engine: Emergency landing in Abbotsford after plane hits geese – CTV News

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Plane makes emergency landing at Abbotsford International after bird strike
A plane was forced to make an emergency landing after striking several geese near an airport in Abbotsford, B.C.

Flight 312, from the discount airline Swoop, took off from the Abbotsford International Airport at around 8:15 Tuesday morning. A short time later, the Edmonton-bound plane hit the birds and had to land again.

A flight tracking website suggests it circled the area just south of the border, and landed back at YXX at 8:38 a.m.

In an emailed statement, the airline said passengers "were offloaded without incident" after the bird strike.

"The aircraft involved in the bird strike has been inspected and is undergoing repairs. It is expected to return to service this evening," the email from Swoop said, adding that theyre working to accommodate 176 affected travellers.

“We probably got to a couple thousand feet in the air, fire was still coming out of the engine, and the captain said we were doing an emergency landing.

"Safety is our number one priority and will always be at the forefront of our decision making. We apologize for the inconvenience to our impacted travellers."

The discount airlines website initially showed the flight had been moved to a 10 a.m. departure, but was later updated to suggest it wouldnt leave until 8 p.m. 

The airport did not confirm many details, but also posted about the bird strike. It said updates would be made available "in the coming hours."

There was a birdstrike at YXX – the Aircraft has landed safely passengers have been offloaded into the terminal safely. Updates will be available in the coming hours.

In August, there were seven reported bird strikes at the Abbotsford airport, although none had any documented effects on airport operations. 

A passenger on the aircraft said she heard loud “thuds,” noticed smoke in the cabin and smelled something burning.

Witness reports suggest loud "booms" could be heard from the ground below at the time of the incident. Some suggested theyd seen smoke or fire.

The Edmonton-bound aircraft made an emergency landing in Abbotsford after it collided with a flock of geese. Ed Turner

"The lights would come off and on. Over at the window seat, they start yelling, Fire! Fire!"

Swoop said it was offering full refunds to impacted passengers unable to fly on the rescheduled flight.

Fadhl Abu-Ghanem, who was able to see out the window, said he saw flames coming out of the engine and felt the heat.

There were seven reported bird strikes at Abbotsford International Airport in August of 2019, though none had any documented effect on airport operations, according to Transport Canada. 

"A flight attendant comes and I said, The right engines on fire!… I started texting my mom saying, Somethings wrong with the airplane. I love you."

Multiples reports surfaced on social media from people who claimed to witness huge flames coming out of one of the plane engines on its initial take-off.

A Facebook post from a woman who said she was also on the plane at the time said passengers were told "one of the engines sucked up some geese."

Maintenance crews inspect a Swoop aircraft that struck a bird after taking off at Abbotsford International Airport Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2019. (Donna-Lee Rayner)

She said they smelled smoke in the cabin, and were told the 737 was turning around because it was down to one engine.  

Passengers have been offloaded into the terminal safely, the airport tweeted. Updates will be available in the coming hours.

There was a birdstrike at YXX – the Aircraft has landed safely passengers have been offloaded into the terminal safely. Updates will be available in the coming hours.

Donna-Lee Rayner said passengers were still waiting at the Abbotsford Airport while maintenance crews checked out the plane. 

A Swoop plane is seen after making an emergency landing in Abbotsford, B.C. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. (Donna-Lee Rayner)

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A plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Abbotsford International Airport after a bird strike Tuesday morning

The City of Abbotsford says all passengers are safely back at the YXX terminal after an emergency landing on Tuesday

Swoop says in a statement the airline is working on recommending travel options for the 176 passengers who were aboard the plane.

Witnesses reported hearing loud booms and seeing flames from at least one engine after a plane hit some birds near YXX

A Boeing 737 aircraft operated by Swoop turned back to the airport today in Abbotsford, B.C., after striking several geese.

ABBOTSFORD (NEWS 1130) – There’s been a scare on a flight leaving Abbotsford International Airport.

“There was a bird strike at YXX,” Alex Mitchell with the City of Abbotsford confirmed on Tuesday. “The aircraft has, however, landed safely and passengers have been offloaded into the terminal safely.”

There was a birdstrike at YXX – the Aircraft has landed safely passengers have been offloaded into the terminal safely. Updates will be available in the coming hours.

There was a birdstrike at YXX – the Aircraft has landed safely passengers have been offloaded into the terminal safely. Updates will be available in the coming hours.

A passenger on the aircraft said she heard loud “thuds,” noticed smoke in the cabin and smelled something burning.

Witnesses reported hearing several “booms”, and video from inside the plane shows flames shooting out of at least one of the engines.

The Edmonton-bound aircraft made an emergency landing in Abbotsford after it collided with a flock of geese. Ed Turner

A person who was on the plane posted online saying they heard four “thuds,” and then started to smell smoke. That’s apparently when passengers were told the plane hit some geese.

Swoop said it was offering full refunds to impacted passengers unable to fly on the rescheduled flight.

Lovella Schellenberg told NEWS 1130 her son sent her a text message after he heard loud “booms” from the plane.

“Swoop can confirm Flight 312 from Abbotsford to Edmonton reported a bird strike shortly after departure. The aircraft landed safely in Abbotsford shortly after takeoff and all travellers were offloaded without incident. The aircraft has subsequently been removed from service for further inspection.

“I just walked out to the airport — we live just west of the airport — and when I got there, emergency vehicles were just arriving,” she said. “One police car had blocked off the road into the airport, and then soon there was several other emergency vehicles that arrived.”

We are working on reaccommodation options for the 176 impacted travellers and will provide updates as available. Safety is our number one priority and will always be at the forefront of our decision making. We apologize for the inconvenience to our impacted travellers.”

“At first, I could see just a little trail of smoke coming out of one of the engines, but that stopped right away,” Schellenberg added. “There was lots of emergency vehicles around — it looked like they had everything in place exactly as they should. It was a good ending to that story.”

In an email to NEWS 1130, Swoop said “The aircraft has subsequently been removed from service for further inspection.

“There was a bird strike on departure for a Swoop flight en route to Edmonton,” he tells Daily Hive. “The aircraft declared emergency, turned around, and landed safely. Our passengers are in the terminal now.”

“We are working on reaccommodation options for the 176 impacted travellers and will provide updates as available,” the statement reads. “Safety is our number one priority and will always be at the forefront of our decision making. We apologize for the inconvenience to our impacted travellers. ”

A spokesperson from Swoop Airlines adds that 176 passengers were on the flight and says that re-accommodation is being worked on during this time. The involved aircraft has also been removed from service and is awaiting inspection.

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