Delta B712 at Detroit on Dec 30th 2017, birdie at the controls

Last Update: December 31, 2017 / 16:34:08 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 30, 2017

Classification
Incident

Flight number
DL-1943

Aircraft Registration
N957AT

Aircraft Type
Boeing 717-200

ICAO Type Designator
B712

A Delta Airlines Boeing 717-200, registration N957AT performing flight DL-1943 from Detroit,MI to Atlanta,GA (USA), was in the initial climb out of Detroit's runway 21L when the crew reported a maintenance issue and requested to return to the field, no assistance was needed. The aircraft levelled off at 6000 feet and returned to Detroit for a safe landing on runway 21L about 20 minutes after departure.

The airline reported the flight crew noticed a small bird on the flight deck, which had obviously entered the aircraft during boarding. The captain decided to return to Detroit to avoid a possible distraction. The bird was complimented off the aircraft and set free.

The aircraft departed again after about 80 minutes on the ground and reached Atlanta with a delay of 3 hours.

At the time of the boarding ambient temperatures were reported at -9 degrees C and winds at 18 knots gusting 23 knots.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 30, 2017

Classification
Incident

Flight number
DL-1943

Aircraft Registration
N957AT

Aircraft Type
Boeing 717-200

ICAO Type Designator
B712

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