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Dublin-bound Aer Lingus flight forced to turn back after slamming into flock of pigeons

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Aer Lingus flight EI451, bound for Dublin from Naples, was forced to return to Italy today after hitting a flock of pigeons.

The pigeons flew into one of the airplane's engines shorty after it took off from Naples International Airport.

A spokesperson for Aer Lingus told TheJournal.ie that the birds came into contact with the plane soon after its departure from Naples.

Flight EI451 was scheduled to land in the capital before 3.00pm this afternoon, having left the Italian city at noon.

A new flight to accommodate passengers travelling to Ireland is due to leave Naples after 9.00pm tonight.