American Airlines flight 880 heading to Norfolk hit 20 birds+ on Monday evening as it took off from Dallas Fort Worth Airport, and was forced to make an emergency landing at 6:15 p.m.
The American Airlines MD82 “sustained multiple bird strikes on departure.”
The plane was inspected and had dents in its radar dome and the leading edge of its right wing, the FAA said. A “runway sweep recovered 20+ dead birds hit by the MD82 airliner” the FAA report said.
American Airlines flight 880 continued to Norfolk with a different plane, landing two hours after its original scheduled arrival time. American Airlines spokesman said that there were 122 passengers on the flight with five crew members.
The McDonnell Douglas MD82 is currently out of service as mechanics inspect the engines for any bird damage and make repairs to the right wing.
In the first four months of 2011, DFW Airport had 72 incidents of bird strikes, according to an FAA database, which listed mourning doves and upland sandpipers as some of the types of birds involved in the strikes at DFW. The airport had 3,113 bird strike incidents between 1990 and April 2011.