Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Bird Strike Grounds Aircraft; Passengers Wait for Engineer on Brisbane Flight

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Bird Strike Grounds Aircraft; Passengers Wait for Engineer on Brisbane Flight

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Byline: KERRI-ANNE MESNER gladstoneobserver.com.au

GLADSTONE: Galahs left Qantas passengers stranded at the Gladstone Airport yesterday for more than four hours.

A Qantas spokesman said the 6.45am flight, the first flight of the day, experienced a bird-strike after take off.

He said in those situations, Qantas protocol was for the plane to undergo a compulsory check by an engineer.

Gladstone resident Katrina Combridge was stranded at Gladstone Airport with her 10-week-old son, Lincoln, and seven-year-old daughter Shaylah.

Ms Combridge said she had appointments at 9am, 11am and 2.30pm in Brisbane, one which was cancelled and one rescheduled for later that day.

She said one appointment was with a neurologist and one with a neurosurgeon.

Ms Combridge said she had to fly to Brisbane with her children every three months for neurological medical appointments and usually leaves from Rockhampton.

"This is the first time I've had a problem," she said. …

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