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Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport, Photo: File

Mérida, Yucatán — An Interjet A320 airplane that left the airport this morning had to turn around after one of its engines presumably struck a bird.

Flight 2523 was headed to Mexico City at 6:25 a.m., but landed back at the Mérida airport shortly after liftoff.

The aircraft returned without incident under protocol.  A thorough mechanical review will look for evidence that a bird had been sucked into an engine, said Oscar Carrillo Maldonado, administrator of Mérida’s Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport.

If there was a collision, it wasn’t perceptible on board. Passengers only knew about the mishap when the plane turned around and headed back, according to Sipse. They were assigned different flights.

The Airbus A320  is a narrow twin-engine jet airliner that seats 220 passengers.

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