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      Alaska Air plane returns to Sea-Tac after bird collision

      SEATTLE (AP) - An Alaska Airlines plane returned to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport about 20 minutes after take-off on Friday afternoon because a bird had collided with the aircraft and damaged the plane.

      Airport spokesman Perry Cooper says there were no injuries aboard the plane. Flight 2460 took off toward Bozeman, Montana, around 1:45 p.m.

      After the collision the pilot turned the twin-engine plane around and landed in Seattle around 2:08 p.m. without incident. The bird was still attached to the nose of the aircraft.

      Cooper says plane-bird collisions rarely cause damage to aircraft.

      Alaska Airline spokesman Paul McElroy says the bird went through the skin of the nose of the plane, which is a Bombardier Q 400 operated by Alaska subsidiary Horizon Air.

      McElroy says the 65 passengers on board were scheduled to take off in another plane around 3:20 p.m., scheduled to arrive in Bozeman around 6 p.m.

      Neither Cooper nor McElroy knew what kind of bird was killed in the collision
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