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Bird strike delays Korean Air flight

2015/04/05 17:26

SEOUL, April 5 (Yonhap) -- A bird hit a Korean Air flight taxiing at Incheon International Airport Sunday to delay the flight for hours without causing any damage, the air carrier said.

The Korean Air KE690 flight bound for Phnom Penh was delayed by 13 hours after it was hit by a bird during takeoff at the airport at 2:10 a.m., South Korea's flagship air carrier Korean Air Lines Co. said.

Its Cambodia-bound flight was taxiing on the runway at the time, and the plane had to return to the gate, the company said, adding 151 passengers were on board and there were no reports of injuries.

More than 100 bird strikes occur each year in South Korea.

According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, there have been about 128 bird strikes on a yearly average between 2009 and 2013.

yjkim8826@yna.co.kr

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