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Transport / Sumburgh-bound plane turns back after bird strikes

A Loganair Saab 340.

A PLANE bound for Sumburgh Airport had to return to Aberdeen on Tuesday morning after suffering multiple bird strikes within a minute of take-off.

The Loganair Saab 340, which had 26 passengers and three crew on board, turned back for Aberdeen as a precaution after taking off at 6.30am.

As the plane is used for the subsequent Sumburgh-Edinburgh-Sumburgh services, a long delay was caused to the southbound journey from Shetland to the Scottish capital due to leave at 8.15am.

Loganair dispatched a replacement aircraft to Edinburgh to take over the Edinburgh-Sumburgh flight and its return journey.

The early morning flight from Sumburgh to Edinburgh was due to arrive in the capital at 9.40am, but it landed at around 2.40pm.