Bird strike leads pilot to turn plane around, come back to Nashville

(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – An American Airlines flight departing from Nashville International Airport was forced to immediately land after a bird struck the plane during takeoff, according to the airline.

Flight 248 was departing Nashville and headed for Dallas-Fort Worth when the bird hit the front of the MD-80 aircraft just after 10 a.m. Sunday morning.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

The pilot decided to turn the plane around and land soon after back in Nashville.

Passengers were asked to deplane and the aircraft was inspected.

No damage to the plane was found and the flight was cleared for takeoff just before 1 p.m.

An American Airlines spokesperson told News 2, “The safety and security of our operation and customers are our top priority.”

Bird strikes are not uncommon at BNA and do not usually cause damage to planes, according to data from the FAA.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

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