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Flight to China turns back to Chicago after bird strike

3:45 PM, Oct 6, 2013   |    comments
The air traffic control tower is seen behind the departures level of terminal 2 at Chicago's O'Hare airport on August 13, 2013. (Photo: Mira Oberman, AFP/Getty Images)
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CHICAGO (AP) - An American Airlines flight heading to China returned to O'Hare International Airport when the pilot declared an emergency because the plane hit a bird.

American spokesman Matt Miller said 237 passengers and 15 crew members were on board Flight 289 when it departed O'Hare around 10:50 a.m. Sunday.

He said the emergency declaration was a "precaution" and the plane landed safely 25 minutes later.

The flight was heading to Shanghai.

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