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Bird hits plane's windshield, forces landing in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — A bird struck the windshield of an Allegiant Air plane shortly after takeoff Sunday evening, forcing the pilot to return to the tarmac at St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, officials said.

The flight was bound for Toledo, Ohio, said Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The crew said a bird hit and cracked the windshield of the MD-80, a twin-engine jet airliner, she said, so they brought it back to the ground. No injuries were reported.

Allegiant spokeswoman Jessica Wheeler said the bird strike caused about a 2-hour delay before another plane took passengers to Toledo.

Bird hits plane's windshield, forces landing in St. Petersburg 07/08/13 [Last modified: Monday, July 8, 2013 3:45pm]

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