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'Bird strike' causes emergency landing

November 15, 1997
Web posted at: 10:05 p.m. EST (0305 GMT)

SANTA ANA, California (CNN) -- A Northwest Airlines flight bound for Detroit had to make emergency landing on Saturday after an engine ingested a bird.

Flight 208 landed safely and none of the 98 passengers aboard were injured, according to Kathleen Campini-Chambers, spokeswoman for John Wayne Airport in Orange County.

Northwest spokesman Jon Austin called the problem a "bird strike," saying the right engine ingested a bird, which interrupted airflow into the engine.

The ingestion of the bird caused an internal engine fire, said Federal Aviation Administration official Jerry Johnston. Emergency personnel responded after the plane landed, but the fire was already out.

Reuters contributed to this report.


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