Qatar Airways has confirmed that a bird strike was cause of an Airbus A330-300 engine fire that forced the aircraft to return to Istanbul Atatürk Airport shortly after takeoff Aug. 18. A Qatar Airways spokeswoman earlier confirmed the aircraft, which was en route from Istanbul to Doha, returned to Istanbul and landed safely. “The passengers disembarked as normal and the pilots followed all Qatar Airways safety procedures. An Airbus A330 was operating the flight with 298 ...

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