Bird strike forces American Airlines to make emergency landing in Austin

American Airlines CRJ-900 (American Airlines Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An American Airlines flight bound for Phoenix returned to Austin’s Bergstrom International Airport Monday after the pilot reported a bird struck the aircraft as it departed the airport.

The captain of American Airlines Flight 5612, operated by Mesa Airlines, decided to return to Austin to have the plane inspected; there was no damage to the CRJ-900 aircraft, a spokesman with ABIA told KXAN.

The flight will head back to Phoenix following inspection of the aircraft.

“Our maintenance team is currently evaluating the aircraft. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience, and are working to get them to Arizona as soon as possible,” the airline said Monday.

There were 77 passengers and four crew members onboard the aircraft.

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