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Dubai: A flight bound for Saudi Arabia has been forced to turn around and return to Dubai because of a bird strike.

flydubai flight FZ821 took off from Dubai to Gizan on Sunday, February 10, but before it could reach the destination, a bird hit the aircraft.

According to flightradar24’s tracker, the plane departed at 11:15am, and less than 30 minutes into the flight, it had to turn back.

The flydubai flight returns to its base minutes after taking off, according to a flight tracker. Image Credit: flightradar24

The Dubai-based airline confirmed that a bird hit the plane in mid-air and that the flight was delayed for three hours and 55 minutes as a result.

The passengers affected, however, were transferred to a replacement aircraft.

“Passengers were accommodated on another aircraft and refreshments were provided,” a flydubai spokesperson said.

The airline apologised for the inconvenience.