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Plane makes emergency landing in Sydney after hitting bird

Sydney: A United Airlines flight from Sydney to Los Angeles was forced to make an emergency landing at Sydney Airport today after striking a bird, an airline official said.

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United Airlines Flight 840 struck the bird shortly after takeoff from Sydney, United spokesman Jonathan Guerin said. The plane turned back to Sydney and landed safely a short time later. No one on board was injured.

The plane was temporarily taken out of service for maintenance, though the extent of the damage was not immediately known, he said.

Passengers will be rebooked on a flight leaving Sydney tomorrow, Guerin said.

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