Saturday, September 29, 2012

Bird hits plane, delays flight from Juneau, Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska — 

An Alaska Airlines flight from Juneau to Anchorage was delayed by about four hours on Saturday morning because a bird hit the Boeing 737 as it was landing in Juneau Friday night.

Alaska Airlines spokesman Paul McElroy says no one on the plane was injured and it was able to land normally. But maintenance people needed time to finish repairing the plane before it took off again. He says a maintenance crew worked overnight.

Flight 73 was supposed to leave Juneau at 7:25 a.m. on Saturday with 67 passengers aboard. McElroy says the airline was able to contact nearly every passenger about the four-hour delay.

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