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Bird cracks airliner windshield; 1 hurt

September 30, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

A bird cracked the windshield of an airliner, slightly injuring the co-pilot and forcing the plane to return to Philadelphia shortly after takeoff.

The co-pilot of AirTran Airways Flight 47 suffered minor facial cuts from broken glass, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said.

About 10 minutes after the Boeing 737 left Philadelphia International Airport with 143 people on a flight to Atlanta, the pilot radioed the control tower to say the plane was returning because the right windshield had cracked, Peters said. No other injuries were reported.

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