Utah-bound plane returns to California after bird hit

A Delta Airlines plane taxis past a gate at Logan Airport in Boston Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. Delta Air Lines said Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, it earned $425 million in the fourth-quarter as it raised prices in the critical holiday season and the airline reduced flying to keep costs low. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
November 26, 2013 6:21:28 AM PST
A Delta Airlines flight that had just taken off in San Diego and was headed to Salt Lake City returned to the airport after hitting a bird.

Delta spokesman Trebor Banstetter says the pilot chose to return to Lindbergh Field airport after taking off at about 5:30 p.m. Monday "after an abundance of caution."

San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman Maurice Luque tells U-T San Diego that the department was called to the scene, but no one was injured and firefighters found no signs of fire or other dangers during an inspection of the plane.

Passenger Ashley Easton tells KGTV-TV that "the plane jolted a little bit and the engine started making a funny noise, so it was kind of scary."

Delta says the Airbus A320 was taken out of service.


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