Birdstrike forces Denver-bound plane to return to airport

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A passenger plane headed for Denver was forced to turn back Thursday evening after a birdstrike, a spokesperson for the airline said.

A passenger plane headed for Denver was forced to turn back Thursday evening after a birdstrike, a spokesperson for the airline said.

DENVER — A passenger plane headed for Denver was forced to turn back Thursday evening after a birdstrike, a spokesperson for the airline said.

ExpressJet Flight 6099, operating as United Express, left Shreveport, La., at 3:47 p.m. with 42 passengers. The plane, which carries a maximum of 50 people, collided with a bird and returned to Shreveport at 4:53 p.m.

No one was hurt and the plane was not damaged, said United Express PIO Allison Curtin. The flight is now scheduled to land in Denver at 8:13 p.m., less than three hours late.

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