Plane strikes bird during flight to Chicago

September 3, 2013 6:00:22 AM PDT
Passengers aboard a Chicago-bound flight found themselves in a frightening situation when their jet struck a bird.

It happened shortly after a Southwest Airlines flight departed from the Raleigh-Durham airport Monday night.

"All of a sudden I heard a boom...vibration, rattling. People were saying,'Oh my God, it's a fire!' one passenger said.

The crew was able to shut down the affected engine of the Boeing 737 and make a safe emergency landing.

The jet was headed for Chicago's Midway Airport, but it was taken out of service for inspection and any necessary repairs.


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