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Birds spell bad luck for Armenian planes — and vice-versa

Birds that had come down out of the trees around Armenia’s main airport due to heavy snow put no less than three of the national airline’s planes out of action in a single day when they were sucked into engines, the Armavia company said.

The unusual series of glitches on Tuesday delayed several flights out of the capital Yerevan Wednesday.

Birds were sucked into the turbines of three of our company’s air planes that had landed yesterday and last night at Zvartnots airport,” said Garik Siroian, a company spokesman.

Because of heavy snowfall (the birds) were not sitting in the trees and preferred to stroll on the runway,” he explained.

Four planes were undergoing technical checkups to evaluate the damage caused by the birds. One flight to Moscow and another one to Dubai have been delayed so far.

Birds that are sucked into jet engines frequently cause problems for planes taking off and landing at airports around the world, but such a string of incidents on the same day is unusual.

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