Baltic carrier Estonian Air has withdrawn a Boeing 737-500 for examination and repair after it was damaged by multiple bird-strikes on approach to Tallinn.

The incident, at 11:30 yesterday, occurred as the aircraft was arriving at the Estonian capital following a flight from Oslo.

It struck a large flock of birds at a height of 900m (2,950ft) which resulted in impact to the CFM International CFM56 engines, the fuselage, radome, and stabilisers.

"The aircraft was withdrawn from use for further inspection and necessary repair," says the airline.

Estonian Air, which operates six 737s and a pair of Saab 340 turboprops, says the repair work could cause minor disruption to its flight schedule.

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Source: Air Transport Intelligence news