Bird strike forces United Airlines flight back to Bush Airport

HOUSTON - A bird strike forced a United Airlines flight to make an emergency landing at Bush Intercontinental Airport on Sunday.

Flight 102 returned to the airport shortly after it took off. It was headed non-stop to Munich, Germany.

One of the passengers on the flight, Hal Pontez, spoke to KHOU 11 News Sunday.

He said while the aircraft was still ascending, he heard a loud noise in one of the engines and seconds later, the whole plane shook.

The pilot then told passengers there had been a bird strike, Pontez said.

The plane circled Bush Airport to dump fuel before making the emergency landing.

Pontez said the flight crew handled everything well and thankfully, no one was injured.

Flight 102 returned to Bush Airport shortly after it took off Sunday.

 (Photo: Hal Pontez)