Taipei, EVA Airways, one of Taiwan's leading airlines, confirmed Monday that flight BR27 from San Francisco to Taoyuan struck a bird shortly after it departed and returned to the airport as a precaution.
All of the 168 passengers were safe, the airline said.
The Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which took off at 0:14 a.m., had birds get caught in its No. 1 engine, EVA Air said, but it declined to give the exact time when the incident took place.
The pilot followed standard operating procedures to check the aircraft and determined that nothing was broken and decided to return to San Francisco as a safety precaution, EVA Air said.
The carrier denied a foreign media report that the pilot declared Mayday during the incident.
The aircraft landed at 1:31 a.m., with passengers then transferred to flight BR7 later in the day or other flights returning to Taiwan, EVA Air said.
The aircraft is still undergoing further checks at the airport, according to the airline, which declined to comment on other details in a report on the incident by The Aviation Herald.
According to the report, the flight crew stopped its climb at 6,000 feet and subsequently declared Mayday after detecting an engine failure due to a bird strike.
The website, which reports on incidents and critical situations in civil aviation companies, also said the EVA Air flight crew worked related checklists, shut the engine down and dumped fuel before landing in San Francisco.
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