An American Airlines plane flying from Seattle to Dallas hit a bird shortly after takeoff Wednesday afternoon.
An American Airlines plane flying from Seattle to Dallas made an unplanned return to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Wednesday after striking a bird.
Shortly after taking off around 3:36 p.m., American Airlines flight 2310 hit the bird and returned to the airport, landing at about 4:25 p.m., said airport spokesman Perry Cooper.
The bird made a dent in the plane’s nose, but didn’t cause enough damage to put the plane in danger, Cooper said. The aircraft landed without incident. No injuries were reported.
Bird strikes are not unusual and typically occur when planes have just taken off and are closer to the ground, he said.
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Workers will send the animal’s remains to the Smithsonian to determine what kind of bird it was, according to the Port of Seattle.