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Airliner makes emergency landing after bird strike


St. Louis – An American Airlines flight made an emergency landing moments after taking off from St. Louis when a bird was sucked into an engine.

The MD-80 was heading from Lambert Airport to Los Angeles Tuesday afternoon.

An American Airlines spokeswoman says the pilot noticed a bird, believed to be a red-tailed hawk, flying into the right engine as the plane took off shortly after 2 p.m.

The captain declared an emergency and landed without incident a few minutes later.

Another MD-80 was brought in, and the passengers and crew took off later yesterday.