23 Sep '11, 8am

Qantas flight hit by birds

PERTH, Australia: A Qantas flight landed safely in Perth on Friday after being hit by a flock of birds, with the airline denying witness reports that flames shot out of one of its engines. Qantas said the Melbourne-bound Airbus A330 carrying 273 passengers and crew took off from Perth at 11:50am, only to turn back shortly afterward and land without incident at the same airport at 12:41pm. "It was a flock of birds. Normal air turn back. Normal landing," a Qantas spokeswoman told AFP, adding there was "no fire, zero flames". "They just did a standard turn back," she said, adding that the plane would be assessed for any damage. Perth residents said they heard strange noises as the plane flew overhead. "It was making a different noise to what other aircraft make and it sounded like a Russian tank," one witness told Fairfax Radio. "I looked up and as I looked up there was a big...

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