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United Airlines pilot declares emergency when bird strike forces plane to return to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport

United Airlines flight collides with bird during takeoff from O’Hare International Airport, returns safely


United Airlines flight collides with bird during takeoff from O’Hare International Airport, returns safely

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A United Airlines flight had to return to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Friday after it collided with a bird after take-off. A pilot of another aircraft reported seeing smoke and flames emanating from the side of the Boeing 737, and the FAA said it landed without further incident.

The airline said United Flight 1930 was flying from Chicago to Miami on Friday morning when a bird attacked it. The pilot declared a state of emergency in a radio broadcast to air traffic controllers.

a video posted on twitter The plane was shown flying upwards when a popping noise was heard.

A pilot on another flight told an air-traffic controller in a radio broadcast, “We see smoke and fire coming out of the left.”

After the plane landed safely, the passengers were taken back to the gate, and booked on a different plane bound for Miami, departing Friday afternoon, United said.

The FAA said it would investigate the incident.

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