Bird strike causes engine failure on Sacramento-to-Denver flight

A United Airlines flight bound from Sacramento to Denver hit a bird Wednesday night, causing an engine to fail and forcing the plane to turn around.

The Airbus A320 – United Airlines flight 2005 – departed Sacramento International Airport at 5:48 p.m. and shortly after takeoff struck a bird, said Laurie Slothower, airport spokeswoman.

One of its two engines failed, and the plane had to turn around. It landed safely at the Sacramento airport at 6:25 p.m., according to United’s web site.

Slothower said the 114 passengers on the plane would have to be booked on other flights. United’s web site shows the flight delayed several hours as it undergoes maintenance with a new estimated departure time of 11 p.m.

Hudson Sangree: 916-321-1191, @hudson_sangree