Bird crashes into plane's nose

An Alaska Airlines plane approaches Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Washington in...

An Alaska Airlines plane approaches Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Washington in this October 30, 2013 file photo. (REUTERS/Jason Redmond)

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, Last Updated: 10:03 PM ET

The pilot of an Alaska Airlines plane was forced to turn back to a Seattle airport soon after takeoff on Friday because the twin-engine propeller aircraft struck a large bird that pierced its aluminum nose, an airline official said.

The bird strike left a medium-sized hole in the nose of the Bombardier Q400 plane, which had just taken off from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport en route to Bozeman, Montana, said Alaska Airlines spokesman Paul McElroy.

"The bird just stuck inside the hole," McElroy said. He said he did not know what type of bird it was.

After striking the animal, the plane's pilot immediately circled back to the airport and landed safely, McElroy said.

No one was injured in the incident, and the 65 passengers on board were transferred to another aircraft to complete their journey, McElroy said.

 


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