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Utah Jazz charter plane lands safely in SLC after bird strike

SLC Salt Lake City International Airport simulation on Aug. 29, 2020. (Robin Pendergrast) (12).jpg
Utah Jazz charter plane lands safely in SLC after 'bird strike' (FILE PHOTO: KUTV)

A plane chartered by the Utah Jazz returned to the Salt Lake City airport on Tuesday after colliding with at least one bird.

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The Delta Airlines flight took off from and then returned to Salt Lake City because of a "bird strike," airport spokeswoman Nancy Volmer confirmed.

A team spokesman confirmed the flight was the Utah Jazz team charter, and said the plane returned safely to the airport.

The Delta flight reportedly encountered a birdstrike during takeoff," a spokesman for Delta wrote in an email to 2News. "As a precautionary measure the crew shut down the impacted engine, declared an emergency and returned to the airport. It landed without incident and taxied to the gate under its own power."

The Jazz are scheduled to play an away game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

Delta is working with the team to get them on a new flight to Memphis as soon as possible, the company said.

The team boarded a flight this evening, a spokesman confirmed. The Jazz announced Donovan Mitchell will not play Wednesday and was not with the team for "personal reasons."