Bird-hit American Airlines plane returns after take-off

Published on : Thursday, April 28, 2016

American AirlinesAn American Airlines flight en route to Texas was forced to return to Seattle Wednesday afternoon after being struck at least by one bird during its takeoff, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport said.

The incident, which happened shortly after 3:30 p.m. local time, severely damaged the nose of the Airbus 321. However, there were no reports of injuries among the 150 passengers and six crew members.

American Airlines said in a statement that Flight 2310, bound for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, returned to Seattle after a bird strike, which struck the nose of the aircraft.”

Airline spokesman Ross Feinstein said the plane fortunately “landed safely and taxied to the gate.”

The pilot told air traffic controllers, “Looks like we hit some birds after takeoff. We’re going to need to go back and have the airplane looked at.”

“Our maintenance team is presently evaluating the aircraft,” Feinstein added. Passengers were transferred to a different aircraft for the flight to Texas.


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