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American Airlines flight strikes bird and is forced to return to Logan

An American Airlines plane.
An American Airlines plane.(RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images/File 2017)

A Miami-bound American Airlines flight was forced to return to Boston Logan International Airport Saturday morning when it hit a bird shortly after takeoff, officials said.

The Boeing 737 aircraft struck the bird at 7:40 a.m. after taking off just minutes earlier, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration. It then made an emergency landing without incident and was taxied to a gate.

There were 172 passengers and six crew members onboard at the time, spokeswoman Janine Brown said. No injuries were reported.

The airline’s maintenance team is evaluating the plane and rebooking customers on different flights, airline officials said in the statement.

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The FAA is also investigating the incident, spokeswoman Arlene Salac said.


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