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    Boston-bound flight returns to Houston after bird strike

    A United Airlines flight from Houston to Boston returned to the airport Thursday after reporting a bird strike while leaving the runway, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

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    United Airlines 1634, a Boeing 737-800, was carrying 148 passengers and six crew members from George Bush Intercontinental Airport when the aircraft was struck by birds while taking off, said United spokeswoman Mary Clark.

    The flight landed safely, and passengers were transferred to another aircraft that was en route to Logan Airport Thursday evening and set to arrive at 9:35 p.m., officials said.

    Rachel Riley can be reached at rachel.riley@globe.com.