Plane Hits Bird, Returns To Raleigh-Durham Airport

7:09 AM, Sep 3, 2013   |    comments
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- A Southwest Airlines flight leaving Raleigh-Durham International Airport hit a bird and returned safely within 30 minutes from takeoff. 

The flight was heading to Chicago on Monday around 6 p.m., according to a report from CBS-affiliate WRAL.

One of the engines was damaged and stopped working. The plane, carrying 124 passengers and five crew members, went back to RDU and nobody was injured.

Sally Tranchita, a passenger, told WRAL, "You just hear like- wha womp, wha womp. It was like a pinwheel and you heard it hitting things."

"I saw the flashes out the window, and people were saying, 'Oh my gosh, it is on fire! It is on fire,'" said George Shackleton III.

Tranchita said everyone on-board clapped after the plane landed.

Southwest offered passengers an option to leave later in the evening on a different plane.

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