‘If you can smell roast chicken it’s because some seagulls flew into the engine’Posted: April 21, 2014
By David Higgs,
Holiday-makers’ trip to Egypt was disrupted after seagulls apparently flew into the plane’s engine as it left Cardiff Airport
Holiday-makers on a flight to Egypt from Cardiff Airport had their getaway disrupted after a flock of birds apparently flew into the plane’s engines.
Passengers aboard the Thomson Airways flight to Sharm El Sheikh said they were told an hour into their journey they were being diverted to Gatwick, after the flight crew detected a smell akin to “roast chicken”.
Cardiff PR director Dan Tyte said the flight left Cardiff at approximately 9am.
“It was a relaxing start to the morning,” said the 33-year-old.
“We got on the flight and it must have been about an hour in and the captain came on and said ‘I don’t know if you can smell what seems to be like roast chicken, we have looked into it and turns out as we were leaving Cardiff, some seagulls flew into the engine’.”
Mr Tyte, who was travelling to Egypt for a week-long holiday with his girlfriend Rebecca, said the aircraft was near the Swiss city of Basel when the announcement was made.
“From that it seems like it was quite a dramatic situation but it was handled with such calm assurance by the captain and his crew everyone handled it well,” he said.
“It was handled really well and the flight itself was really smooth so I suppose safety must come first.”
A spokeswoman from Gatwick Airport said the passengers got off safely and were being transferred to another aircraft.
They were expected to depart at 1.30pm she added.
A spokesperson for Thomson said: “Thomson Airways is sorry for the delay caused to passengers on board flight TOM532 from Cardiff to Sharm El Sheikh, which diverted to Gatwick airport as a precautionary measure.
“The decision was taken to divert the plane due to a suspected bird strike. The plane landed safely at Gatwick airport where passengers were transferred onto an alternative aircraft to continue their journey to Sharm El Sheikh. Our team at Thomson Airways did everything possible to minimise the disruption to customers holidays and get them on their way as soon as possible.
“The safety of our passengers and crew is of paramount importance and we would like to reassure customers that issues of this nature are very rare.”
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