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Alaska Airlines Oakland-to-Seattle flight sustains bird strike after takeoff, returns to airport

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Alaska Air Flight 349, which was bound for Seattle, being inspected at Oakland Airport Friday night after a bird strike. (Photo courtesy of passenger Chung Hoon Park)

OAKLAND, Calif. — Alaska Airlines Flight 349 en route from Oakland to Seattle Friday night had to turn around and land at the Oakland Airport after a bird strike. No one was injured.

Flight 349 — with a total of 153 people on board — took off at 6:50 p.m. and shortly after takeoff it hit what the crew suspected was a bird, the airline said.The plane returned to Oakland and landed safely at 7:22 p.m.

The plane was unloaded while crews inspected the aircraft for damage. Passengers were being put on a later flight.

Here are a few tweets from a passenger who was aboard the plane:



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