Bird strike forces plane to return to Lambert

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- It was quite a scare for passengers on a Southwest flight leaving St. Louis Monday afternoon.

A flock of birds was "sucked" into the right side engine of a Kansas City bound flight, according to Southwest Airlines.

"We heard a loud boom and smelled smoke," Brian Dunn said. "The pilot said we had a bird strike and were going back to the airport."

After the bird strike the pilot shut down the engine while flight attendants worked to keep the 102 passengers calm.

Some of the holiday travelers, like Greg Webb said he "smelled" the birds.

"It was like a flesh smell," he said.

Passengers had to return to the terminal and wait for a new plane and crew.

"It is aggravating, but better than what could have happened," Webb said.

Bird strikes happen every day, but they usually do not cause significant damage, according to Bird Strike Committee USA.

Passengers were finally able to board a new plane around 6:50 p.m. and arrived safely in Kansas City around 8:20 p.m.

No one was hurt.

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