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January 3, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A sparrow flying around the cockpit has forced the captain of a Delta Air Lines domestic flight in the US to turn the plane around and head back to the originating airport.

A statement from Delta, widely quoted in US media, said that soon after takeoff, the pilots of Saturday’s flight 1943 from Detroit to Atlanta noticed a small bird on the flight deck.

The surprise passenger seems to have flown onto the plane during boarding.

The bird was first sighted before takeoff, apparently. Maintenance crews were asked to search for it but by the time they arrived, the suspect had flown.

With no trace of the intruder, the plane took off – only for the stowaway sparrow to reappear shortly afterwards.

At that point, the captain decided to turn the plane around to “avoid a potential distraction”.

The aircraft landed safely, the bird was removed unharmed and set free to fly off towards 2018. The plane then took off for the second time and completed the flight to Atlanta without incident.

Written by Peter Needham

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