Nashville flight heading to Phoenix returns to airport after bird strike

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A plane that was headed to Phoenix from Nashville had to return after striking a bird. (Source: CNN) A plane that was headed to Phoenix from Nashville had to return after striking a bird. (Source: CNN)
NASHVILLE -

A Southwest flight headed to Phoenix that took off from Nashville on Wednesday morning had to turn around after striking a bird.

Flight 577 was heading to Phoenix when the captain had to return the flight to Nashville International Airport.

The incident happened shortly after takeoff.

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A Southwest representative issued this statement:

The aircraft will be taken out of service for maintenance review and we’re currently working diligently to accommodate those passengers on to their destination.

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