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O’Hare flight hits flock of birds during takeoff, returns to airport

Updated: October 6, 2013 3:48PM

An American Airlines plane bound for China returned to O’Hare International Airport Sunday — after flying into a flock of birds during takeoff.

Flight 289 left O’Hare at 10:50 a.m. for Shanghai, China, according to a statement from American spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan.

The captain of the Boeing 777-200 plane declared an emergency after and returned to O’Hare at 11:14 a.m., Fagan said.

The Chicago Fire Department was alerted; a still and box alarm and an EMS Plan 1 were called, sending five ambulances to the scene about 11 a.m., according to the fire department.

The plane landed safely, returned to the gate and was taken out of service for maintenance, Fagan said.

There were 237 passengers and 15 crew members aboard the plane, Fagan said.

The passengers departed for China on another plane about 2:30 p.m., Fagan said.

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