Southwest flight hits bird, forced to land in Nashville day after plane engine explodes

Posted at 7:58 AM, Apr 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-18 09:12:23-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Southwest flight from Nashville to Phoenix was forced to land back in Nashville moments after taking off due to hitting a bird. The bird strike comes one day after an engine failure killed a passenger on board a flight bound for Dallas

The flight took off from Nashville International Airport Wednesday around 5:13 a.m.

The flight path showed Flight 577 circle from west to north, turning back south to head back to the airport shortly after takeoff.

The flight had to land due to an Alert 1, meaning the plane possibly had a minor electrical or mechanical problem. Airline officials confirmed the plane experienced a bird strike.

No injuries or other issues have been reported.

The plane was taken out of service for maintenance, and the airline said they're working with affected passengers to help them on to their destinations.