Aer Lingus flight EI123 to Chicago just returned to Dublin.
The Airbus A330-300 took off form North runway at 11.12 (local time) but had to do a U-turn for an emergency landing.
The 16 year-old plane (reg. EI-EIK) landed back at Dublin Airport, on South runway, only 15 minutes later.
The plane flew into a flock of pigeons on takeoff causing a bird strike in number 2 engine.
The bird strike caused major vibration from the right engine.
My #AerLingus flight EI123 from Dublin to Chicago just had a bird strike in number 2 engine on takeoff. Captain says it was a flock of pigeons.
Major vibration after takeoff lead to an emergency landing back in Dublin. Happened today April 13 at 12pm.
— Irish Dave (@iamirishdave) April 13, 2023
The aircraft was met by fire engines and inspection is in progress to see if the flight can be resumed on this plane.