Plane struck by birds forced to return to Nashville airport - WKRN News 2

Plane struck by birds forced to return to Nashville airport

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A Southwest Airlines plane was forced to return to Nashville International Airport after it took off Monday morning and was struck by several birds.

Federal Aviation Agency officials and a spokesperson for Southwest told News 2 Flight No. 3387 was en route to Baltimore when it encountered several bird strikes.

The plane's captain declared an emergency at 6:48 a.m. local time and returned to land at Nashville within minutes

The aircraft landed without a problem, but was met with fire trucks as a precaution.

One hundred and ten passengers were onboard.  No injuries were reported.

Southwest Airlines was working to accommodate their customers on to Baltimore.

The plane is now out of service having been moved to an area just off the C-concourse at the airport.

By mid-afternoon, several maintenance workers could be seen working on the plane's left engine

The FAA is investigating, but it has also indicated there are about 4,000 to 5,000 reports to the agency each year of birds being struck by planes.

Nashville International has long had systems in places designed to reduce the number of birds flocking around the airport.

These include about 15 to 20 portable "bird guns" which are randomly used at various airport locations.

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