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Flight returns to O'Hare after flying into birds

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

An American Airlines plane bound for China returned to O'Hare International Airport Sunday after flying into a flock of birds during takeoff.

Flight 289 left O'Hare at 10:50 a.m. for Shanghai, China, according to a statement for AA spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan.

The captain of the Boeing 777-200 plane declared an emergency after encountering the birds and returned to O'Hare at 11:14 a.m., Fagan said.

A still and box alarm and an EMS Plan 1, which brings five ambulances to the scene, were called to the scene about 11 a.m., Fire Media Affairs said.

The plane landed safely, returned to the gate and was taken out of service for maintenance, Fagan said.

There were 237 passengers and 15 crew members aboard the plane, Fagan said.

The passengers departed for China on another plane about 2:30 p.m., Fagan said.

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