- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 8, 2009

LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) — Southwest Airlines officials say a flight headed to Providence, R.I., has returned safely to Baltimore’s airport after a bird hit an engine.

It happened shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday near Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Southwest spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger says Flight 69 was carrying 137 passengers.

Eichinger says the plane landed safely back at BWI and there were no injuries. She said mechanics were checking the aircraft.

Planes hit birds every day in the U.S. A bird strike was responsible for the landing of a jetliner in the Hudson River in New York last winter. Everyone survived.

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