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Bird strike forces Delta plane bound for MSP to land in Green Bay

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A plane bound for Minneapolis-St. Paul had to make an emergency landing Friday after striking a bird in Green Bay.

The Associated Press reports that the Delta Airbus A319 carrying 78 people had just taken off from Austin Straubel International Airport when it hit the bird, with pilots immediately turning the plane around and landing just before 8 a.m.

The incident happened just 45 minutes after a cargo plane had struck a bird and was forced into an emergency landing at the airport, with KWOW reporting that the recent rains have attracted more birds to the area.

"We were just taking off and all of a sudden there was just a big vibration and the plane was just rocking a little bit and slowed down. And that was that," Delta passenger Ron Dunford told KWOW.

"The aircraft we were on, it's an Airbus. They're made to fly under one engine, so even if they had to turn one off we would have been perfectly fine," another passenger, John Carrier – himself a private pilot, told WBAY.

WBAY notes that there have been 111 "wildlife strikes" at the Green Bay airport over the past – with most involving birds but one involving a coyote, and another a raccoon.

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