Virgin Australia Clarifies Bird Caused Flight Change
Virgin Australia have confirmed that the engineering issue on flight VA474 from Brisbane to Perth last night was in fact a 'bird strike on take off' and not a burst tyre as reported.
The company earlier released a statement to media just referencing an engineering issue.
"Due to an engineering issue, VA474 from Brisbane to Perth returned to Brisbane yesterday evening," a Virgin Australia spokesperson said.
"As a result of this issue, we unfortunately needed to cancel this flight.
Hi Arthur, thank you for reaching out. Please note, there was no issue with the tire on VA474, this was in fact a bird strike on take off. Safety is our number one priority at Virgin Australia and to ensure optimal conditions for landing of the aircraft, fuel weight needed... 1/2— Virgin Australia (@VirginAustralia) June 4, 2018
...to be reduced as a result. 2/2— Virgin Australia (@VirginAustralia) June 4, 2018
"Overnight accommodation was provided for guests as required and all guests have been moved to an alternate service from Brisbane to Perth today.
"We're very sorry to our guests for the inconvenience caused and we will have them safely on their journey as soon as possible."
But made further clarification when a customer touched base on Twitter.