ISTANBUL/DOHA (Reuters) - A Qatar Airways aircraft made an emergency landing at Istanbul's Ataturk airport on Thursday because of a suspected bird strike shortly after take off, according to a spokeswoman for the airline.

The Airbus 330 bound for Doha landed safely and passengers disembarked as normal, the Gulf airline said in a statement.

The spokeswoman could not confirm a report by broadcaster CNN Turk that one of the plane's engines caught fire.

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk, Ayla Jean Yackley and Tuvan Gumrukcu in Istanbul and Tom Finn in Doha; Writing by David Dolan; editing by John Stonestreet)