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American Airlines plane diverted to LAX after bird strike

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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