Plane returns to Florida airport after bird strike

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Posted: Apr 20, 2011 8:21 PM
Plane returns to Florida airport after bird strike

A plane headed for London returned to the Orlando-Sanford International Airport after it hit a bird during takeoff.

Airport vice president Diane Crews says the Thomson Airways flight turned around Wednesday evening after the pilot heard and felt the large bird strike.

The Boeing 767 landed safely, and no injuries were reported to the 269 people on board.

Crews say the passengers will spend the night at a hotel and take a different plane to London Gatwick Airport on Thursday.

The bird's carcass was retrieved from an engine on the left side of the plane. The animal will be sent to the Smithsonian Institution, where experts will identify the species.

Thomson Airways is based in the United Kingdom.