ATLANTA -- Delta Flight 2206 had to return to its gate after departure due to a bird strike, which took place shortly after its take off Friday afternoon, according to Hartsfield-Jackson officials.
At least one bird actually hit the plane.
There were 179 passengers on board and no injuries were reported.
In the past two decades, on average, about 40 bird strikes were reported per year. And the numbers have been steadily rising with 65 bird strikes in 2009.
Delta Airlines released a statement about the incident:
The crew of Delta flight 2206 destined for Norfolk, Virginia acted out of an abundance of caution and elected to return to the airport after the aircraft encountered birds shortly after departure from Atlanta. The flight landed without incident and passengers are being reaccomodated on another aircraft. Safety is always Delta's top priority.