Last updated: 02:39 PM ET, Thu April 28 2016

American Airlines Plane Makes Emergency Landing after Bird Strike

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | April 28, 2016

American Airlines Plane Makes Emergency Landing after Bird Strike

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On Wednesday, an American Airlines plane struck a bird during a flight, forcing an emergency landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

According to, American Airlines Flight 2310 had departed from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport en route to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Wednesday afternoon when it struck at least one bird with the nose of the plane, resulting in damage.

The pilot of the Airbus A321 called for the American Airlines flight to return to SeaTac airport around 30 minutes after the plane took off. Thankfully, the aircraft and its 150 passengers and six crew members were uninjured and managed to land safely at the Seattle airport.

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“Our maintenance team is currently evaluating the aircraft,” American Airlines told in a statement. “We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience, and are working to get them to Texas as soon as possible.”

The official Twitter account of ABC News shared images of the damaged plane:


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