Bird strike delays plane

20:09, Jan 28 2014

A United States Air Force plane was temporarily grounded yesterday after being caught in a bird strike at Invercargill Airport.

Invercargill Airport general manager Chloe Scala said the LC 130 had stopped off to refuel.

The strike, which happened about 11.30am, was "very minimal", she said.

The birds involved were believed to be oyster-catchers, but it is not known how many were in the area at the time.

Ms Scala said the airport was still completing the required reporting process following the strike.

In 2010, Invercargill Airport was found to have twice the national average number of bird strikes, according to Civil Aviation Authority figures.

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