Yangon to Hong Kong flight struck by birds on takeoff  

Eeeep. Or, perhaps we should say, cheeep.

flight from Yangon to Hong Kong was aborted on take-off this morning after the passenger jet hit a flock of birds, shattering the windscreen.

Dragon Air KA-251 departed on schedule shortly after 1am but turned back after the collision, which happened about 15 minutes into the flight, according to a press release from the Yangon Aviation Police.

Facebook photos, which could not be immediately verified, appeared to show the jet bearing a sinister looking crack in its front window.

The plane landed safely at around 1:40am but the flight has been postponed until further notice.

Myanmar’s aviation sector has expanded exponentially in recent years and, while safety standards have improved, the country doesn’t have a stellar reputation.

In July, a Buddhist monk sustained a head injury after an Air Bagan flight skid on the runway during heavy rain at Yangon International Airport.

The latest deadly crash was in December 2012, when another Air Bagan plane crash-landed in fog near Heho airport. Two people were killed and 11 injured.

Photo / Yangon Aviation Police / Facebook

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