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Suspected bird strike forces NC emergency landing

RALEIGH, N.C. — Officials say a suspected bird strike shortly after takeoff forced a Northwest Airlines flight to make an emergency landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Airport spokeswoman Mindy Hamlin said Northwest flight 1546 took off for Minneapolis just before 9 a.m. Sunday but quickly made an emergency landing after the pilot heard a noise. She said the plane had 153 people aboard and no one was hurt.

Northwest spokeswoman Leslie Parker said the plane experienced a suspected bird strike to the left engine and that the engine had shut down.

Parker says Northwest was rebooking passengers on other flights.