Southwest: Possible Bird Strike Prompts Flight Return to BWI

by The Associated Press, February 22, 2016

LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) — Southwest Airlines says a possible bird strike prompted pilots to return a flight to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport after takeoff.

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Southwest said in a statement Monday morning that Flight 484 took off for Rhode Island's T.F. Green Airport but returned safely. The airline says 135 passengers and five crew members were onboard.

Southwest says the pilots decided to return to BWI after suspecting a bird strike. The airline says the plane returned to the gate for inspections and the flight was moved to a different aircraft. That flight arrived around 10 a.m., about an hour and half late.


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