The Qantas flight to Melbourne hits four birds, forcing them back to Perth

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A plane bound for Melbourne was forced to return to Perth after hitting four birds shortly after take-off.

The Qantas flight flew into the air for almost an hour this afternoon, before landing.

"It almost seemed like a very heavy hailstorm that hit the plane," passenger Bill Mooney told 7NEWS.

Qantas confirmed that it is the same flight route involved in another bird strike at the beginning of this month.

Flight QF-772 departed Perth airport shortly before 11 am on 6 September, but was forced to turn around after it was reported that the plane had hit an eagle.

One traveler even had blood at the window, while another said he heard a bang and felt the impact through the seats.

"It was very noisy, they were accelerating the engine, slowing it down, accelerating it," they said.

The pilots asked the passengers to remain calm while they reported the airplane on the asphalt and the emergency crews were waiting.

Passengers had to rebook their flights.

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