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Bird strike temporarily grounds Hawaiian Air flight from Portland

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:54 a.m. HST, Oct 12, 2010

Two hundred forty-seven passengers on a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Portland finally arrived at Honolulu Airport this morning, about 14 hours late after the plane they were supposed to leave on was grounded by a bird strike.

Keone Wagner, Hawaiian Airlines spokesman, said a bird struck an inbound Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767-300 Sunday as it approached Portland Airport.

During a pre-flight inspection the crew discovered damage to the flap covers on one of the wings and remains of a bird in one of the engines.

Wagner said the passengers, scheduled to leave at 10:15 a.m. yesterday, left on another Hawaiian jet just after midnight last night.

Crews repaired the damaged plane which was cleared for a return flight from Portland today.

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