Bird strike hits flight from Dunedin, smell spreads through cabin

The cabin was overwhelmed with the smell of burning bird. Photo: Getty Images/Stock photo
The cabin was overwhelmed with the smell of burning bird. Photo: Getty Images/Stock photo
A strong smell likened to an overcooked Christmas turkey spread through the cabin of a flight from Dunedin which was diverted to Christchurch after a bird strike this morning.

A passenger on the Air New Zealand flight which left Dunedin Airport at 7.10am for Wellington said passengers smelled burning bird after takeoff.

The pilot told passengers he saw the birds, but the only evidence of the bird strike was the smell of the bird being cooked by the engine.

The passenger said it smelled like "grandma had burnt the Christmas turkey".

He said it appeared passengers were confused rather than alarmed, though noted landing in Christchurch interrupted travel plans and resulted in lengthy delays.

An Air New Zealand spokeswoman confirmed flight NZ680 from Dunedin to Wellington was diverted to Christchurch following the bird strike.

There was an aircraft change in Christchurch before the flight continued to Wellington.

Bird strikes were not uncommon, she said.

Aircraft were designed with that in mind and pilots were trained to respond to the scenario.


This will be a daily event once the new landfill is built out of sight, hidden in the forest, directly under the flight path for Dunedin airport.



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