Island mailplane collides with bird

An emergency was declared at Inverness Airport this morning (Friday) after a mail service aircraft hit a bird on take-off.

The plane was transporting mail to Stornoway.

Loganair chief operating officer Phil Preston said: “Our mail service freighter aircraft from Inverness to Stornoway, with two crew on board, suffered a bird strike on take-off from Inverness at 0636 this morning. An emergency was declared as a precaution. The pilot returned to Inverness and landed safely on one engine at 0710. This aircraft only carries mail and freight. There are no passengers.”