Jetliner returns to Oakland after bird strike

Officials say a Seattle-bound Alaska Airlines jetliner carrying 150 people returned to the Oakland shortly after takeoff after hitting a bird. No injuries were reported.

Oakland International Airport spokesman Brian Kidd says the plane encountered the bird strike at 7:01 p.m. Friday and landed without incident about 20 minutes later.

Kidd says Flight 349 had taken off for Seattle at 6:47 p.m.

Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Halley Knigge told Seattle’s KOMO-TV that the plane returned out of “an abundance of caution.” It was being inspected Friday night.

She says the plane was carrying 144 passengers and six crew members.

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