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Fastjet A319 grounded after bird strike in Tanzania

Low cost carrier Fastjet has grounded one of its Airbus A319 jetliners in Tanzania after the aircraft suffered a bird strike.

A Fastjet Airbus A319 prepares for the company's first scheduled flight on the morning of 29 November, 2012.

A Fastjet Airbus A319 at the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

“We have unfortunately had to ground one of our A319 aircraft today for some unscheduled maintenance to the weather radar caused by a bird flying into the nose of the aircraft,” said the airline in a statement this evening.

Engineers are awaiting delivery of new replacement parts.

The grounding of the aircraft has already disrupted the airline’s operations with some flights getting cancelled both yesterday and today. “We are rebooking all our passengers onto the next available flights, or offering cash refunds for those canceling their trips,” reads the company’s statement.

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