Flock of Birds Hit by Southwest Airplane

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A Southwest Airlines flight from Tampa to Houston returned to Tampa International Airport after apparently striking a flock of birds.

Officials say a little piece of the plane's left wing came off after hitting the birds about four miles north of the airport on Wednesday morning.

Tampa's airport spokeswoman Emily Nipps says the pilots didn't feel comfortable staying on course. No one was injured and everyone was booked on another flight.

Nipps told reporters that officials suspect the plane hit either egrets or seagulls. She says the plane is in a Tampa airport maintenance hangar, where it will be repaired.

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