Guyana closes dump near airport to disperse birds

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Guyanese officials have closed a dump near the country’s main international airport after a vulture got sucked into the left engine of a Trinidad-bound Caribbean Airlines flight.

Civil Aviation Director Zulfikar Mohamed said that a dump where poultry and hog farmers disposed of waste was shuttered Thursday to discourage birds from hovering over it. The site is along the flight path of departing planes.

Mohamed said they have burned all the waste and sealed the dump site.

A vulture seriously damaged the left engine of a Boeing 737, forcing the aircraft to return to Cheddi Jagan International Airport minutes after it took off for Port-of-Spain on Tuesday. None of the 152 passengers and six crew members on board was injured.