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Allegiant Air flight returns to St. Petersburg after bird strike

Allegiant Air
Posted at 11:44 AM, Jul 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-21 11:44:41-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — There were some nervous moments for some passengers leaving St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport Wednesday morning when a bird struck an engine.

According to Allegiant Airlines, Flight 994 from St. Petersburg to Plattsburgh, NY left the airport around 9:03 a.m., and shortly after takeoff, the number 2 engine on the Airbus A320 was hit by a bird. The pilots turned the flight around and landed at St. Petersburg-Clearwater International to get the aircraft inspected.

The plane landed safely and taxied to the gate under its own power. Allegiant said a replacement aircraft was sent to continue the flight and get passengers to Plattsburgh.