Delta flight returns to ABIA after strike


The exterior of Austin Bergstrom International Airport. KXAN Photo.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Delta flight was forced to return to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Saturday after something struck the plane.

In a statement, the airline described the problem as a “mechanical issue” that forced the plane to turn back to the gate.

An airport spokesperson was unable to confirm what exactly hit the plane but said after takeoff, a strike was reported.

The plane returned to ABIA and landed safely. Passengers were not injured.

The flight was headed to Salt Lake City.

A spokesperson for Delta said, “Delta flight 1281 operating from Austin to Salt Lake City safely returned to Austin due to a mechanical issue shortly after takeoff.

“The flight landed safely and returned to the gate, where customers deplaned normally.

“Delta’s maintenance technicians are evaluating the aircraft and customers were accommodated on an alternate aircraft last night.

“The safety of our customers and crew is Delta’s top priority, and we apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.”

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