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Turkey vulture grounds Canada PM's jet: official

OTTAWA -- A jet used to ferry Canada's prime minister and top government officials, as well as the British royal family on visits, has been grounded after a mid-air collision possibly with a turkey vulture.

The Challenger jet was on approach to land at the MacDill Air Force Base in Florida on May 24 when it collided with a "very large bird," a defense department official revealed Saturday.

It landed safely but was so badly damaged that it was grounded for several weeks until a temporary fix allowed it to return to Ottawa on July 10.

The bird strike caused damage to the radome and bulkhead, the official told AFP, adding: "Due to the extent of the damage to the aircraft, a course of action for its repair has not yet been determined."

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