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A WestJet flight bound for Victoria on Tuesday morning had to land in Vancouver after hitting a bird mid-air.

The Boeing 737-800 plane from Calgary sustained some damage to its nose cone after striking a bird and needed to be diverted to Vancouver International Airport “due to the availability of maintenance resources”.

“We sincerely apologize for the interruption to our guests travel plans and any inconvenience this may have caused,” said WestJet in a statement.

“All guests are being re-accommodated throughout the remainder of the day on the next available flights.”

There were 31 passengers on board the aircraft.

Authorities say the flight has been removed from service and will undergo safety inspections.