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Southwest Flight Lands Safely In Conn. After Bird Strike

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WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) – A Southwest Airlines flight from Tampa, Fla., that suffered a bird strike on its final approach has landed safely outside Hartford, Connecticut.

The flight was bound for the Hartford-area Bradley International Airport.

Airport spokesman John Wallace says Flight 2102 was about 25 miles south of the airport Wednesday afternoon when the crew declared an emergency after hearing a loud bang outside the aircraft.

He says emergency crews were called to the runway and watched as the plane made a normal landing on time. No injuries were reported.

Wallace says the plane taxied to the gate under its own power. An initial inspection of the plane revealed the bird strike.

Southwest Airlines is based in Dallas.