There are a number of strange reasons planes have turned around over the years, but one of the more common ones is encounters with birds. Unfortunately, a Dallas-bound American Airlines flight was the latest victim: after it struck a bird on Wednesday afternoon which left a large dent in the aircraft and forced it to return.
"American Airlines 2310, from Seattle-Tacoma (SeaTac) to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), returned to SeaTac due to a bird strike, which struck the nose of the aircraft,” the airline said in a statement. “The Airbus A321, with 150 passengers and six crew, landed safely and taxied to the gate."
According to LiveATC.net, the pilot told air traffic controllers, "looks like we hit some birds after takeoff, we’re gonna need to go back and have the airplane looked at."
When they returned to the gate the large dent was noticeable, and the plane was handed over to the maintenance team. "Our maintenance team is currently evaluating the aircraft,” said the airline. “We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience, and are working to get them to Texas as soon as possible."