Emergency landing for Ryanair jet hit by birds

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One of Rome's main airports was closed temporarily after birds caused a Ryanair aircraft to make an emergency landing.

Two cabin crew and three passengers received minor injuries in the incident at Ciampino Airport, about 15km south-east of the Italian capital.

Ryanair said Flight FR4102 from Frankfurt with 166 passengers on board suffered multiple bird strikes which caused engine problems as it prepared to land.

"Landing gear suffered substantial damage on landing, which will delay the aircraft being removed from the runway for some hours," said a Ryanair spokeswoman.

"As a precaution two cabin crew and three passengers have been taken to a local hospital complaining of minor injuries.

"As a result Rome Ciampino Airport has been closed to all flights, including Ryanair's, until sometime late this afternoon."

The aircraft is being examined by Ryanair engineers and the Italian Aviation Authority.

Passengers, some of whom exited through an emergency chute, have not yet been allowed to remove their baggage.

Some Ryanair flights have been diverted to Rome's other airport, Fiumicino.

"Ryanair sincerely apologises to all passengers affected by this disruption," a spokeswoman added.