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.