A Karachi-bound aircraft of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) escaped an accident on Sunday.

The sources at the airport said the aircraft travelling from Sharjah to Karachi suffered a bird strike but the pilot of the plane managed to land it safely at Jinnah International Airport.

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They said the plane’s front part and right wing suffered damage as a result of the bird strike.

The aircraft has been grounded for repair.

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The sources said incidents of bird strikes have increased of late as two PIA aircraft have been struck by birds in the past 24 hours while more than five planes reported bird strikes in a week’s time.