A Jambojet plane was on Friday forced to make an emergency landing at Mombasa International Airport after it was struck by a bird. 

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The plane was on a descent to Diani Airport when it was hit by the bird.

"At around 11:10 hrs today, one of our aircraft was hit by a bird strike on descent to Diani Airport. The flight was rerouted to Mombasa International Airport and landed safely at 1135hrs. All passengers and crew are safe and the aircraft is currently undergoing assessment by our engineers," reads part of the statement posted by Jambojet on Twitter.

Jambojet apologised for the incident and promised to rebook flights for passengers affected so that their plans are not disrupted.

The high population of birds in Kenya has been attributed to the geographical location of the country by Kenya Airports Authority and Kenya Civil Aviation Authority.

"Bird species increase from the temperate region towards the equator and from the coast to optimal levels as altitude increases," KAA said in a statement seen by Kenyans.co.ke.