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United Airlines flight returns to DIA after bird strike

DENVER — A United Airlines flight bound for Portland, Ore., returned to Denver International Airport shortly after takeoff Thursday night because of a bird strike.

Airport spokeswoman Maddie King said Flight 745 took off just after 7 p.m. when the pilot turned around and landed the Boeing 737 safely.

It taxied to Concourse B. None of the 185 people onboard was injured.

Passengers were put on another aircraft as crews checked the plane that was struck, King said.

In May, a Virgin American flight returned to DIA shortly after takeoff because of a bird strike.

There were 5,434 reported bird strikes at DIA from 1995 to 2015. The airport has a wildlife management program as detailed on its website.