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Southwest flight returns to Nashville after bird strike

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - A Southwest flight headed to Phoenix from Nashville was forced to turn around Wednesday morning after the plane struck a bird. 

Flight 577 took off from Nashville International Airport at 5:13 a.m. and returned at 5:37 a.m. 

Southwest Airlines said the captain of the flight returned safely to Nashville after the plane hit a bird shortly after takeoff. 

The aircraft will be taken out of service for maintenance review and Southwest is working diligently to accommodate those passengers on to their destination, according to a Southwest spokesperson. 

A spokesperson for the airport said an unknown issued caused the flight to return.

A blown jet engine of a Southwest Airlines plane set off a terrifying chain of events on Tuesday and left a businesswoman hanging half outside a shattered window showed evidence of “metal fatigue,” according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Passengers scrambled to save the woman from getting sucked out the window that had been smashed by debris. She later died, and seven others were injured.


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