Plane makes emergency landing at SL International

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(KSL News) A flock of birds forced a private plane to make an emergency landing at Salt Lake International today.

The Cessna departed from Salt Lake around 1:00 this afternoon and hit three or four small birds. One bird hit the windshield and another hit a wing.

"They checked it out. He didn't lose any maneuverability or any control, and there was nothing in his engine. But to be safe, he decided to come back," explained airport spokeswoman Barbara Gann.

Upon inspection, there was no damage to the aircraft. The pilot and his passenger planned on continuing to San Francisco after getting clearance from a mechanic.

Bird strikes are common here in Salt Lake because of the large bird population near the Great Salt Lake.

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