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Pilot returns to LAX after plane strikes bird

August 31, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
An Alaska Airlines plane apparently hit a bird shortly after taking off from Los Angeles International Airport and had to return to the airport.According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane was about a mile and a half west of the airport when the pilot reported that a bird had struck above the windshield.

The pilot of the flight was forced to return to the airport. The 737 landed safely at around 9:10 p.m. on Monday.

Passengers were taken off the plane and mechanics inspected the aircraft and engines for damage.

There were no reports of injuries or damage to the plane.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.