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Plane engine sucks in bird in Brazil

May 8, 2014

SAO PAULO (AP) — An Airbus A330 passenger jet was forced to return to Brasilia’s international airport after a bird was sucked into one of the engines minutes after takeoff, the Portuguese airliner TAP said Thursday.

The plane was heading to Lisbon on Wednesday with 258 passengers and 11 crew members aboard when the pilot noticed something was wrong in one of the engines, said Simone Caniello, a TAP spokeswoman in Brazil.

Less than 20 minutes after takeoff, the pilot decided to return to the airport, said Caniello. The plane landed normally and no one was hurt.

The passengers were scheduled to fly to Lisbon on Thursday night.

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