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Delta airliner leaves Midway following repairs

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:21 p.m. HST, Jun 20, 2011

A Delta Air Lines 747 that made an emergency landing on Midway Atoll Thursday flew off the island early this morning for Osaka, Japan after it was repaired.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Delta flew mechnics and parts to Midway Sunday and the plane left safely at 3:15 a.m.

Pilots noticed a major crack in the cockpit windshield during a flight from Honolulu to Osaka.

The 747 aircraft landed safely at Midway’s Henderson Field at about 5:40 p.m. Thursday with 359 passengers and 19 crew members aboard, said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which manages the airfield.

A replacement 747 arrived from Japan and flew the passengers to Japan at about 5 a.m. Friday, officials said. The takeoff took place before daybreak, when albatross and other birds there begin to fly.

However, Thursday's landing took place when it was light and birds were active. The airliner hit two birds, one of which damaged a wing flap on the airliner.

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