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Utah Jazz charter flight makes emergency landing after hitting flock of birds

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Delta Boeing flight 8944 with the Utah Jazz onboard, returns to the airport after striking a flock of birds.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (KIFI/KXPI) - A Utah Jazz spokesperson confirmed to ABC News a Utah Jazz team charter "returned safely to the Salt Lake City Airport Tuesday after a bird strike." 

A Delta spokesperson said, Delta 8944 departed SLC and on takeoff it was reported the plane hit a flock of birds. The engine was shut down as a precaution. The crew declared an emergency and then landed without incident. The plane taxied back to the gate.

This was a charter flight to Memphis. At the time of the report, Delta was working to re-accommodate the passengers on a later flight. 

No injuries were reported.

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Todd Kunz

Todd Kunz

Todd is an anchor for KIDK Eyewitness News 3, Local News 8 and Fox 5.

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