Flight returns to Sacramento airport after hitting birds

Jan 9, 2015 11:25 AM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A United Airlines flight headed from Sacramento to Denver made an emergency landing after hitting birds shortly after takeoff.

Sacramento fire spokesman Roberto Padilla tells The Sacramento Bee that the bird strike around 5:44 a.m. Friday forced a United Airlines 737 jet to turn around and safely land back at Sacramento International Airport.

No one was injured. Padilla says firefighters responded to the airport as a precaution.

KCRA-TV meteorologist Eileen Javora says she was on the plane and tells the station that she heard a couple of booms and then smelled smoke.

An airport spokeswoman didn't immediately return calls from The Associated Press seeking comment.


Information from: The Sacramento Bee

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