Bird strike damages Southwest plane at PDX

PORTLAND, Ore. – A Southwest Airlines flight bound for Oakland, Calif. struck a bird shortly after takeoff from the Portland International Airport Saturday and was forced to land and return to its gate.

The plane struck one or several gulls, damaging the right engine and left wing, according to Port of Portland spokeswoman Kama Simonds.

Flight 3702 departed just before 12:30 p.m. The flight was rescheduled for this evening after the precautionary landing.

The extent of the damage is unknown at this time. The plane was able to land and taxi to the gate safely. No injuries were reported.

Saturday’s bird strike was the first time in 2011 that a plane was damaged by birds at the Portland Airport.