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Delta Plane Returns To MSP Airport After Hitting Bird

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) – A Delta Airlines plane had to return to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport on Thursday shortly after departing after it hit a bird, according to Airport Spokesperson Pat Hogan.

Hogan said Delta flight 1691 was on the way to Reno, Nevada when it hit a large bird. The plane circled around and landed a few minutes later back at the airport so it could be inspected by airport personell. Hogan said the plane landed without incident and passengers were removed from the plane in a regular fashion.

There were 147 passengers and five crew members on the plane at the time of the incident. Hogan said everyone was transferred to another plan, which took off shortly after 2 p.m.

Several emergency vehicles were seen on the runway at the airport, which Hogan said was done as a precautionary measure.

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