Ryanair flight forced into return minutes after departure following collision with bird

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A Ryanair flight to Spain this evening was forced to return to it's starting point in Manchester after a bird strike, the airline has confirmed.

Ryanir flight FR3445 was bound for Palma de Mallorca in Spain this evening but began circling shortly into the flight.

The plane declared an emergency soon into it's journey after colliding with a bird mid-air.

Ryanair said in a statement: "This flight from Manchester to Palma returned to Manchester shortly after take-off following a minor bird strike.

"The aircraft landed normally and the flight to Palma will operate as soon as possible. Ryanair apologises to affected customers for any inconvenience caused."