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.