Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
An Air Malta flight scheduled from Malta to Palermo has been cancelled after a bird strike during take-off at Malta International Airport, the national airline said in a statement.
Passengers on KM662/3 are being offered full refund or re-routings on other Air Malta flights.
This means that over a couple of days, a second Air Malta aircraft has been grounded due to a bird strike.
Air Malta warned of delays, saying that due to two aircraft grounded, the flight scheduled for Friday and the rest of the weekend looks challenging. It advised its customers to check its website and Facebook page for updated information.
The captain rejected the take-off of flight KM662, and the aircraft was taken back to its stand. The aircraft sustained considerable damage to one engine.
Air Malta said that its engineers are currently checking the aircraft in order to return it to normal operations as soon as possible.
Rejected takeoffs are a normal safety procedure in such situations.
Air Malta apologised for this inconvenience due to circumstances beyond its control and ensured that safety for its customers and crew remains Air Malta’s top priority.