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Fenerbahce ­plane hit by bird on way to Europa League tie

Fenerbahce plane hit by bird on way to Europa League tie 

Fenerbahce's team plane was forced to make an emergency landing after being hit by a  bird on the way to the UK for Thursday's Europa League game against Manchester United.

The private chartered aircraft was travelling from Istanbul in Turkey when it was diverted to Budapest, Hungary. A second plane was then sent from Istanbul to pick the team up from Budapest and continue their journey to Manchester.

The club said on Twitter there was "nothing alarming" after the incident.

United tweeted in reply: "Wishing you a safe trip for the rest of your journey to Manchester. See you soon!"

Fenerbahce, who are ninth in Turkey's Super Lig, are top of the Europa League group, a point ahead of third-placed United.

The Turkish side play United at Old Trafford in Group A at 20:05 BST.

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