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Passenger plane makes emergency landing after bird strike near Dodger Stadium

November 9, 2010 |  6:53 am

A Horizon Air turboprop with 73 passengers aboard made an emergency landing Monday at Los Angeles International Airport after a bird strike near Dodger Stadium damaged the right wing and a fuel tank, federal officials said.

Flight 306 from Redding to Los Angeles touched down safely around 2 p.m. after a collision with a bird or birds at an altitude of about 6,600 feet, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Gregor said the damage to the twin-engine Bombardier DASH-8 was so severe the incident is being classified as an accident and will be investigated by the FAA.

Federal records released last year show that between 1990 and November 2008 there were more than 112,000 reports of birds or other animals hitting aircraft. At LAX, aircraft struck reptiles, birds and mammals 940 times during that time period, according to the data.

--Dan Weikel