Bird strike stops Sunport flight

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A bird strike forced a Southwest Airlines plane leaving the Albuquerque Sunport to turn back.

Flight 155 to Phoenix was departing when crew members heard a bang shortly after takeoff.

The plane safely landed back at the Sunport.

It was inspected and a Sunport spokesperson said the pilot believes the bang was from a bird strike that created a small dent below the cockpit.

The plane is out of commission for the time being.

All 126 passengers and five crew members were put on another flight.

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