After a “very harsh” engine noise caused by a “bird hit,” a Ryanair flight heading for Lanzarote was forced to land.


A RYANAIR flight travelling to Lanzarote has been forced to turn back amid reports it collided with a bird.

The 7:50am flight from Manchester Airport had to land at Liverpool John Lennon airport at 9.23am.

According to Flight Aware the Ryanair flight was experiencing delays of around 25 minutes which is said to be “increasing”.

Social media reports and flight trackers held the delay was caused by a bird flying into the plane’s engine.

On Twitter, one user said the FR2131 flights “engines sounded really rough” on takeoff.

Another user suggested a “bird strike on takeoff” was the cause of the louder engines.

A Ryanair spokesman said:“This flight from Manchester to Lanzarote diverted to Liverpool airport following a minor bird strike.

“The aircraft landed normally, and customers were transferred to a replacement aircraft which departed to Lanzarote following a short delay of approximately one hour.

“Ryanair sincerely apologised to all affected customers.”


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