Cargo plane catches fire after take-off

Cargo plane catches fire after take-off

A London-bound Cathay Pacific cargo plane had to return to IGI Airport under emergency conditions after its engine was hit by a bird on Friday.

An emergency was declared at the airport, and four fire brigade teams were called in immediately after the incident was detected.

According to airport sources, Cathay Pacific cargo flight CX 37 took off from the IGI airport around 3.40 pm for London. After some time,  smoke was detected from the rear portion of the plane and the pilot asked for an emergency landing.

All the flights on the runway were cancelled during the emergency landing, said an airport official. After remaining in air for about an hour, the flight landed safely at runway number 28/10 at 4.41 pm, and was subsequently parked at bay number-99.

According to Cathay Pacific officials, the Boeing 747-400 freighter was hit by a bird which caused a snag in the engine.

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