US military plane returns to Midway International Airport after hitting a bird

CHICAGO (CBS) – A US military plane was forced to return to Midway International Airport after takeoff late Monday after a bird strike.

Gen. Daniel Hokanson, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, was on the plane, a National Guard official confirmed Monday night.

As reported by CBS 2’s Kris Habermehl, the US Air Force aircraft is part of a fleet that flies from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland to support government missions worldwide.

It wasn’t clear late Monday why the plane was in Chicago, but it departed from Midway. The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the plan to return a military C-37 to the airport after the bird strike.

Video showed a spark coming from the plane’s left engine as it collided with a flock of birds in the air shortly after takeoff.

Air crewmen came out immediately after the plane landed and parked.

Ramp staff were seen inspecting the plane at the airport – including the leading edges of the port wing wing and also the nose.

Nobody was injured.

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