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.”
NEW: @WestJet flight f/ Calgary to Victoria diverted to Vancouver after reporting a bird strike inbound to YYJ.
The airline says the plane landed normally, and the plane has been removed from service for safety inspections. @NEWS1130
Here's a photo sent to us by a listener: pic.twitter.com/afh3gjO9Sy
— Peter Wagner (@peterjontheair) January 14, 2020
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.”