Northwest Airlines 757 hits pigeons, lands safely

MINNEAPOLIS — A Northwest Airlines flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas has landed safely after hitting a flock of pigeons shortly after takeoff. No one was hurt.

Melissa Scovronski, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Airports Commission, said the plane hit about 15 pigeons about 2:40 p.m. today while departing from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. She said it landed safely back in Minneapolis.

Tony Molinaro, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the Boeing 757 suffered damage to its nose dome.

Northwest said flight 195 had 202 passengers and seven crew members aboard. Spokeswoman Ashley Black said all the passengers were moved to another Northwest flight.

Mechanics were inspecting the aircraft. The FAA said it will investigate the incident.

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