Delta flight returns to Logan after striking birds

A Delta Airlines flight was forced to return to Logan Airport shortly after takeoff this morning after it was struck by several birds during the ascent, officials said.

The flight, traveling from Boston to LaGuardia Airport in New York City, was scheduled to leave at 7:30 a.m. according to Delta’s website, and reported the bird strikes by about 7:45 a.m., said Massport spokeswoman Jennifer Mehigan. As a precaution, the pilot redirected the Embraer 175 carrying 76 passengers and four crew members back to Logan, where it landed safely.

The passengers on Flight 5897 were put on another plane to New York, said Scott Thien, a spokesman for Republic Airways Holdings, which owns Shuttle America, the flight operator. The flight eventually took off at 9:02 a.m., about 90 minutes later than expected, according to Delta’s website.


There was no immediate report of damage to the aircraft, Thien said. Shuttle America maintenance crews are checking the aircraft further for damage.

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