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Flight crew aborts take-off after possible bird strike at Charlotte airport

Published: Mar. 7, 2013 at 9:29 PM EST|Updated: Apr. 6, 2013 at 8:29 PM EDT
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Source: Cory Burkarth
Source: Cory Burkarth

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A Delta Air Lines flight aborted its takeoff at Charlotte Douglas International Airport Thursday afternoon after pilots detected a possible bird strike.

The incident occurred as Delta flight 1330 was departing the airport for Detroit around 1 p.m., according to the Charlotte Fire Department.

A Delta spokeswoman said the flight crew canceled their takeoff when a potential bird strike was observed.

The crew of the Airbus A320 positioned the aircraft on a taxiway while brakes cooled.

According to WIS in Columbia, the University of South Carolina equestrian team was on the plane. Athletics officials say, the plane hit a bird as the plane started to take off and the pilot pulled the plane back to the runway.

The aircraft was later towed to a gate and the 130 customers were put on another aircraft to Detroit, the spokeswoman said. The flight departed about four hours late.

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