by Adam Forgie
(KUTV) — A Delta flight from Salt Lake City to Paris, France safely returned to the Salt Lake International Airport after hitting birds during take-off.
Savannah Huddleston with Delta Airlines released a statement:
Delta flight 248 operating from Salt Lake City to Paris, France safely returned to SLC after encountering birds on ascent. The flight landed safely and returned to the gate, where customers deplaned normally. The safety of our customers and crew is Delta’s top priority, and we apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.
Jennifer Newman, a passenger on the flight sent 2News photos of the engine affected by the birds, which she says were pelicans.
“Currently on a Delta flight SLC to Paris that hit Pelicans 15 min into the flight,” Newman said. “Our Delta pilots were remarkable getting us back on the ground in SLC with no windshield visibility! They have communicated wonderfully with all passengers throughout the process letting us know what is happening. We have now deplaned due to extensive damage to the plane. This is one of the pelicans in the engine.”
According to Delta, 223 passengers were onboard the 767-300 aircraft.
Delta is working to get customers on alternate flights while crews examine and evaluate the aircraft.
No one was injured.