Jet lands safely after bird hits engine

February 3, 2009 2:02:40 PM PST
United Airlines says a jetliner has returned safely to the Denver airport after a bird struck one of its engines shortly after takeoff. Airline spokeswoman Megan McCarthy says the plane's other engine wasn't affected, and none of the 151 passengers and crew was injured.

The Boeing 757 had just taken off for San Francisco on Tuesday when the bird strike happened.

McCarthy did not know if the engine that was hit had stopped operating. She said the pilot's decision to return to the airport was a precaution.

A US Airways jet splash-landed in New York's Hudson River on Jan. 15 after a collision with a flock of birds knocked out both engines. All 155 aboard survived.

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