Bird strike forces American Airlines plane emergency landing

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An American Airlines jet was forced to make an emergency landing Wednesday shortly after taking off in Missouri after one of its engines was disabled by a collision with a bird.

The American Airlines MD-80 jet landed at Lambert Airport in St. Louis shortly after takeoff around 2 p.m.

A passenger on board the flight to Los Angeles said that he saw a bird “go into the engine,” as the plane climbed.

The airline confirmed that the plane’s right engine was disabled by the bird strike. According to American Airlines officials, the pilot immediately declared an emergency and returned to the airport.

None of the 140 people on board were injured.