Two-foot dent left on plane after Sea-Tac birdstrike

A bird strike forced an American Airlines flight to make an emergency landing at Sea-Tac 30 minutes ago.

A nearly two-foot dent is left on a plane after a bird strike at Sea-Tac Airport on Wednesday afternoon.

American Airlines Flight 2310 was on the way to the Dallas/Fort Worth airport, but it turned around after it was hit by possibly two or more birds.

It landed safely at Sea-Tac with 150 passengers on board.

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A Sea-Tac Airport spokesman tells KIRO 7 News that the bird hit the nose of the plane.

KIRO 7 Chopper images captured a visible dent on the nose cone.




The airline released the following statement:

American Airlines 2310, from Seattle-Tacoma (SeaTac) to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), returned to SeaTac due to a bird strike, which struck the nose of the aircraft. The Airbus A321, with 150 passengers and six crew, landed safely and taxied to the gate.
Our maintenance team is currently evaluating the aircraft. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience, and are working to get them to Texas as soon as possible.