United flight escorted to DIA gate after collision with bird

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The damage from a bird collision incurred by United Flight 1475, July 31, 2012.

The damage from a bird collision incurred by United Flight 1475, July 31, 2012 (credit: Cassondra Cofresi-Phillips)

DENVER — Adding to the difficult day at the Denver International Airport Tuesday, a bird collided with a United Airlines plane on its descent into the airport.

United Flight 1475 was arriving from Dallas-Fort Worth Airport a little after 9 a.m. when it hit a bird. The plane, which was carrying 151 passengers, was able to land without incident. No injuries were reported.

After the plane landed it was escorted to the gate with a hole very plainly visible in the nose of the aircraft.

This report came after an earlier one filed by DIA, in which airport authorities confirmed the property received a non-specified bomb threat Tuesday morning. The threat is not affecting airport operations, although there has been an increase in police activity.

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