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Bird leaves massive dent in WestJet plane bound for Victoria

Last Updated Jan 14, 2020 at 10:42 am MDT

A WestJet flight from Calgary to Victoria took a hit from a bird on Tuesday, forcing it to land in Vancouver. No one was hurt but the aircraft has been taken out of service to be inspected. (Submitted)
Summary

A WestJet plane was taken out of service after it was obviously hit by a bird while on route from Calgary to Victoria

The bird strike left a big dent in the nose of the plane, which was diverted to Vancouver

The plane, carrying 31 passengers, landed 'normally,' WestJet says

CALGARY (NEWS 1130) – A flight from Calgary bound for Victoria was forced to land in Vancouver on Tuesday after it obviously took a hit from a bird.

The damage to the front end of the WestJet plane was captured in an image and sent to NEWS 1130. It shows the nose of the plane with a big dent in it.

WestJet says the aircraft was diverted “due to the availability of maintenance resources,” and that it landed “normally.”

The aircraft has now been removed from service so it can be looked over.

There were 31 passengers on board at the time, and it doesn’t look like anyone was hurt.

“We sincerely apologize for the interruption to our guests travel plans and any inconvenience this may have caused,” WestJet says in an email to NEWS 1130. “All guests are being reaccommodated throughout the remainder of the day on the next available flights.”