Hawaii-bound plane lands in Oakland after possible bird strike

Reuters

Oct 16 (Reuters) - An Alaska Airlines flight on its way toHawaii from California made an emergency landing in Oakland onWednesday after what may have been a bird strike, and all onboard were safe, a spokesman for the Port of Oakland said.

The Boeing 737-800 had been carrying 166 passengers and crewmembers on a flight from San Jose, California, and made thelanding shortly after takeoff after pilots reported a bird mayhave flown into one of the engines, said spokesman Brian Kidd.

It was too soon to know whether a bird really did fly intothe engines, he said.

The plane, which took off from San Jose at 8:30 a.m. localtime, landed in Oakland without incident at 9 a.m. Thepassengers were switched to another plane to continue their tripto Honolulu, Kidd said.

Alaska Airlines is a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group Inc.

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