Bird strike forces Denver-bound United flight to make emergency landing in Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Denver-bound United Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Sacramento, Calif., on Friday morning after a bird strike caused an engine fire.

Flight 1596 took off just before 6 a.m. PST but reported the bird strike about 10 minutes into the flight.

“I was right above the engine that went out. I could see pops of yellow and started smelling smoke,” passenger Bob Lingerfelt told FOX40 in Sacramento.

“We immediately dropped (in altitude) and then people just started screaming ‘fire, fire fire’,” passenger Michelle Belmonte said.

The Boeing 737-800 returned and landed safely at Sacramento International Airport. There were 129 passengers and six crew members on board, and all passengers were placed on alternative flights.

No injuries were reported.

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