A PLANE was evacuated at Cardiff Airport after a bird got into one of its engines as it taxied down the runway.
Witnesses said the plane’s “brakes were slammed on” as it prepared to leave for Paris at 10.20am.
A fire engine quickly pulled up alongside the craft, and around 80 people were asked to disembark.
Jonny Alcock, 26, who is from Tonyrefail in Wales but lives in France, was on the flight at the time.
“We got on the plane to go to Paris and everything was normal,” he told WalesOnline.
“As it went to take off the brakes were slammed on and we just stopped.
“Everyone was a bit shocked why we had stopped on the middle of the runway and then a fire engine pulled up.
“An announcement came on saying ‘nobody panic we will get it sorted’ and the pilot said ‘we will be getting everyone off the plane soon’.
“A bird had got in the engine.”
After the plane was evacuated, passengers had to wait until around 2pm for a replacement flight to Paris.
“There was a little bit of panic because no-one really knew what was going on,” Mr Alcock added.
“Because the fire brigade arrived most people were a bit worried.
“I think the flight we were put on left at about 2pm.
“It was one of those freak things.”
A spokeswoman at Cardiff Airport said: “At approximately 1020 this morning, Flybe flight BE4565 to Paris Charles de Gaulle experienced a bird strike as it was preparing to depart.
“Emergency services attended and the aircraft taxied safely to a stand where passengers were offloaded and have now departed on another aircraft.
“The runway closed for a very short time, however no other flights were affected, the runway re-opened very shortly after and all flights continue to operate as scheduled.
“The safety and security of our staff and customers remains our number one priority.”
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