Air France Hop! flight from Paris to Aurillac Sunday, March 25th suffered fuselage damage while on approach to Aurillac.

Passengers on board flight #A5235 heard a loud noise during the flight. The pilot then indicated that a goose may have been struck, as there are many migratory birds at this time or the possibility of hitting a block of ice.

When the ATR 42-500 with 48 passengers on board landed, passengers and crew discovered that the part joining fuselage and wings of the plane was substantially damaged.

©Marie Dulac

According to first reports, a piece from lading gear could have been detached during the deployment.

The return flight Aurillac-Paris on Monday was cancelled.

An investigation is underway. The plane is grounded.

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