Sacto 9-1-1
January 24, 2013
Bird strike turns around aircraft at Sacramento International

airline.JPGA bird strike forced a departing Southwest jet to turn around this morning and land at Sacramento International Airport, an airport spokeswoman said.

Flight 454 en route to Ontario International Airport hit a bird after takeoff from the airport, forcing it to land about 7 a.m. The plane landed safely and passengers were re-booked on another aircraft.

Bird strikes are not unusual at Sacramento International. Most flights continue as normal, but in some cases, jets aborted takeoffs or returned for damage assessments.

PHOTO CAPTION: Birds at sunset fly in the sky as a Southwest Boeing 737 jet flys into the sky after leaving the Sacramento International Airport in February 2008. On Thursday, a bird strike forced a departing Southwest jet to turn around this morning and land at Sacramento International Airport, an airport spokeswoman said. Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee

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