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American Airlines plane diverted to LAX after bird strike

January 27, 2013 |  1:24 pm

An American Airlines plane leaving Orange County's John Wayne Airport was diverted to Los Angeles on after striking three birds during takeoff, officials said.

The Dallas-bound Boeing 737 collided with the birds about 7:30 a.m. Saturday but "was able to continue flying," said Jenny Wedge, a spokeswoman for John Wayne Airport. The plane landed safely at Los Angeles International Airport shortly before 8 a.m.

The runway at the Orange County airport was closed for about a half-hour as crews cleaned up the birds and looked for debris, Wedge said.

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