Ryanair flight abandoned after hitting birds on take-off from Leeds Bradford Airport

A Ryanair flight carrying Yorkshire holidaymakers had to make an unscheduled landing after hitting birds during take-off.

The airline said the flight was leaving Leeds Bradford Airport for Pisa, Italy, on Friday when there was a ‘minor bird strike’.

The plane was diverted to Manchester where it landed safely.

Customers were transferred to a replacement aircraft which left later that day.

A Ryanair flight hit birds on departure from Leeds Bradford Airport. Photo credit FRANK PERRY/Getty Images.

Ryanair apologised for the diversion and delay.

Collisions between birds and planes are common but rarely result in serious accidents.