A Kolkata-bound IndiGo flight from Raipur with 150 passengers on board had to force a return after it suffered a bird hit soon after takeoff.
IndiGo's 6E-252 took off from Raipur at 7:03 PM and suffered a bird hit 23 nautical miles from Raipur.
The nose of the aircraft suffered damage, a senior airport official said.
The plane has been grounded.
IndiGo's engineers were assessing the extent of the damage. The passengers were accommodated in a different flight to Kolkata.