Northwest Airliner Hits Flock of Birds, Turns Around

A Northwest Airlines plane that left Connecticut bound for Indianapolis was forced to turn around after hitting a flock of birds.

The plane circled the airport to burn off fuel before returning to Bradley International Airport, said John Wallace, a spokesman for the airport.

Mechanics were checking the engines for possible damage, and the plane was grounded Sunday afternoon, Wallace said. Passengers were being rerouted on other flights.

Flight 4768, which was carrying 42 passengers and crew, returned to Bradley about an hour after departure.

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