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Hong Kong-bound flight forced to return to Auckland after bird strike

A Cathay Pacific flight has been forced to return to Auckland due to bird strike.

The flight bound for Hong Kong took off about 3pm today.

An airline spokesperson said the Boeing 777 plane was forced to return to Auckland Airport less than an hour into its flight.

It landed safely with the 200 passengers and crew on board, and the aircraft is now being inspected for any damage.

Affected passengers are back in the terminal.

rnz.co.nz

A flight bound for Hong Kong returned to Auckland, less than an hour after departure, after hitting a bird. Source: rnz.co.nz