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Bird Strike at Cle Hopkins

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Officials with Cleveland Hopkins Airport confirm a "Bird Strike" on the runway and an investigation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife is underway. Officials with Cleveland Hopkins Airport confirm a "Bird Strike" on the runway and an investigation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife is underway.
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Officials with Cleveland Hopkins Airport confirm a Bird Strike on the runway. 

Southwest flight 3484 was headed with passengers to Chicago when the incident occurred. 

The National Transportation and Safety Board takes the lead in these cases.

According to Gavin Shire, acting deputy chief of communications for U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the NTSB will ask for assistance in determining the species of the board if they need clarification. 

"Determining the species of bird involved in the incident can assist the aviation industry in their analysis, and provides data that can be used in preventing future similar incidents," explained Gavin to 19 Action News.

The strike occurred while the flight was leaving right about 3:50 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. 

An airport spokeswoman told 19 Action News the flight was aborted and passengers did not leave Cleveland Hopkins until 8:00 p.m.

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