Airplane at Arlanda collided with bird – forced to turn around


The plane collided with a bird shortly after takeoff. Archive image.

A passenger plane bound for New York collided at lunchtime with a bird shortly after taking off from Arlanda. A larger number of police patrols were ordered to the scene in connection with the alarm.

The plane is a Boeing 767 and had 179 people on board. According to flight tracking app Flightradar, the Delta plane was headed for New York.

The aircraft collided with a bird, according to information on the police’s website, but Swedavia neither wants to deny nor confirm that information.

– There is no information that I have at the moment. What happened is that during the flight a warning alarm went off indicating that something is wrong, and as a safety measure they chose to fly back, says Peter Wärring, press officer at Swedavia.

The plane dumped fuel before landing

The aircraft was forced to go over water to dump the fuel before returning to the airport. Around 11.20 the plane had landed at Arlanda again.

The passengers who were on board are unharmed and are being taken care of by staff at the airport, says Wärring.

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Other traffic should not be affected by the incident.

During the morning, a warning alarm also came from a Jasplan at F16 in Uppsala that had a problem with a bird. The maritime and air rescue center was alerted but was later able to turn back.

– That’s right. It was a Jas 39 Gripen plane and the pilot followed current procedures and returned to base. The plane was not damaged and was able to land without problems, says Helene Nyberg, communications manager at F17, where the plane belongs.

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