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Birds force return of China Eastern flight

A CHINA Eastern Airlines aircraft made an emergency landing in Shanghai on Thursday after striking birds, the company said yesterday.

Birds hit and cracked the left cockpit windshield of flight MU5607 seven minutes after it took off from Pudong International Airport on Thursday night, forcing the flight to return to the airport and land 20 minute later, said Li Jiang, the company's head of publicity. None of the 140 passengers and 11 crew members on the Airbus 321 flight to Shenyang City was injured. The passengers were able to take later flights in the evening.


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