A Brussels Airline plane heading towards Marrakech, for the tour operator Thomas Cook, had to land at Zaventem just after taking off on Sunday morning. This was due to a bird hitting one of the two engines. The 140 passengers are waiting for a new crew, said Geert Sciot from Brussels Airlines.
The plane left Brussels Airport at 6.15, and was heading towards the Moroccan town of Marrakech. It had to abandon take-off after colliding with a bird.
“After contacting the Air traffic control unit, the plane turned back towards Zaventem, where it landed with no problems”, explained Geert Sciot. Collisions with birds happen every year and are not unusual, he added.
The 140 passengers will make the journey on another plane, but they will have to wait for a new crew. The tourists should be back in the air by 9, assured Thomas Cook spokesman Koen Van den Bosch.