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* Peacocks damage plane at Sri Lanka's new international airport
Sat, Jan 11, 2014, 10:13 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 11, Colombo: A commercial airplane got damaged today at Sri Lanka's new Mattala International Airport in the south when it knocked down two peacocks.

The airplane belongs to flydubai encountered the birds during its take-off from Mattala international airport this morning, officials at the airport said.

An engine of the jet plane was damaged and the plane was brought back to the hangar in the airport for repair.

The passengers in the plane were taken off the flight and given accommodation in a hotel until alternative arrangements were made, officials said.

Dubai based low-cost airline, flydubai operates a regular flight between Dubai, Colombo and Mattala. It operates double daily flights to Sri Lanka totaling 14 flights a week.

Recent reports said that the peacocks were migrating to more urban areas due to the vast environmental degradation in Hambantota district. The environmentalists protested the Mattala international airport when the venue was selected on the grounds of animal and bird well-being.

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