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United Flight Out of Spokane Strikes Bird Diverts to Seattle

January 14, 2019 / AviationPros

A United Airlines jet that took off Friday morning from Spokane struck a bird and then faced visibility problems at the airport, prompting pilots to divert to Seattle, an airport spokesman said. Todd Woodard, spokesman for Spokane International Airport, said he wasn't sure exactly where the bird struck the plane, but no one was injured and the collision apparently had no effect on the airplane.A passenger on the plane shared a cellphone picture with KHQ showing a bloody cockpit windshield.The 5:30 a.m. departure had been headed to Denver prior to the collision