Flight to Raleigh from Florida hits bird on takeoff; jet returns to gate

Wake County News

TAMPA, Fla. (AP/WNCN) – A North Carolina-bound flight had to return to the gate in Florida after it was struck by a bird during takeoff.

Delta flight 2084 from Tampa to Raleigh returned to the gate Sunday after being struck by the bird at Tampa International Airport.

Delta said in a statement that the Airbus A319 had 40 customers and five crew members on board.

Because of damage to the plane’s engine, the passengers and crew had to transfer to another plane to continue the flight.

WTSP, the CBS affiliate in Tampa, reported two birds hit the plane on the left side.

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