PLANE RETURNS TO PHILADELPHIA AIRPORT WITH BROKEN WINDSHIELD
An airline flight bound for Atlanta with 143 people on board returned to Philadelphia shortly after takeoff Saturday because a bird struck and broke the windshield, according to an aviation official.
The co-pilot of AirTran Airways Flight 47 suffered minor injuries, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said.
About 10 minutes after the Boeing 737 left Philadelphia International Airport at 11 a.m., the pilot radioed the control tower to say the plane was returning because the right windshield had cracked, Peters said.
The co-pilot, who sits in on the right side of the cockpit, was being treated for minor face cuts from the broken glass, he said.
No one else on board was injured, airport spokeswoman Phyllis Van Istendal said.
A message left for AirTran on Saturday afternoon was not immediately returned.
Source - Associated Press