UPDATED: Bird Strike May Have Forced Emergency Landing In Raleigh

Officials say a suspected bird strike shortly after takeoff forced a Northwest Airlines flight to make an emergency landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Airport spokeswoman Mindy Hamlin said Northwest flight 1546 took off for Minneapolis just before 9 a.m. Sunday but quickly made an emergency landing after the pilot heard a noise. She said the plane had 153 passengers aboard.

Northwest spokeswoman Leslie Parker said the plane experienced a suspected bird strike to the left engine and that the engine was shut down.

Northwest was rebooking passengers on other flights.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

A spokeswoman for the Raleigh-Durham International Airport says a Northwest Airlines flight with more than 150 passengers had to make an emergency landing after an engine went out shortly after take off.

Spokeswoman Mindy Hamlin said Northwest flight 1546 took off for Minneapolis just before 9 a.m. Sunday but quickly made an emergency landing after the pilot heard a noise. She didn't have any other details about what happened to one of the plane's engines.

She says the plane had 153 passengers aboard. She says they got off and Northwest was rebooking them.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Kate Location: Saskatoon, SK on Aug 9, 2009 at 10:55 PM
    Myself, my husbandand our 3 year old daughter were on this flight. Strange to think it could have ended quite badly. We cannot thank the pilot and crew enough.
  • by Angel Location: V-boro on Aug 9, 2009 at 04:29 PM
    My brother was on this flight I had just dropped him off at the airport so thankful that he and everyone else is okay! So glad someone was watching over all of them.
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