Repairs delay plane hit by bird

Associated PressSeptember 29, 2012 

JUNEAU -- An Alaska Airlines flight from Juneau to Anchorage was delayed by about four hours on Saturday morning because a bird hit the Boeing 737 as it was landing in Juneau on Friday night.

Alaska Airlines spokesman Paul McElroy said no one on the plane was injured and it was able to land normally. But maintenance people needed time to finish repairing the aircraft before it took off again. He said a maintenance crew worked overnight.

Flight 73 was supposed to leave Juneau at 7:25 a.m. on Saturday with 67 passengers aboard. McElroy said the airline was able to contact nearly every passenger about the four-hour delay.

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