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Posted: January 03, 2018

Delta flight forced to return to Atlanta airport twice


By Audrey Washington, WSBTV.com

ATLANTA —

A Delta flight on its way to London turned around and returned to Atlanta for a second time overnight

>> Delta warns flights may be affected by Southeast winter weather

Delta Flight 284 took off from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday. 

Delta told WSB-TV that pilots heard a noise coming from the plane and out of an abundance of caution decided it was in their best interest to turn the plane around. 

>> Bird enters cockpit, forcing airplane’s return to gate

According to Flightaware.com, the flight made it just over the North Carolina border when it turned around. 

The plane landed safely shortly before 9:30 p.m. at Hartsfield-Jackson.

A Delta representative said the passengers heading to London would be placed on another flight, which was expected to take off around 11 p.m. Tuesday. That plane took off but then turned around again at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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The third flight is not scheduled to leave until Wednesday night, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.


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Delta Flight 284 took off from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday. (Photo via WSBTV.com)
Delta warns flights may be affected by Southeast winter weather

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Delta warns flights may be affected by Southeast winter weather

Delta Air Lines is warning travelers that some flights in the Southeast may be affected by winter weather over the next couple of days.

WSBTV reported that parts of southeast Georgia could get snow or a ran/snow mix Wednesday morning. Along the Georgia coast, the National Weather Service on Tuesday issued a winter storm watch, with the possibility of ice and freezing rain there late Tuesday night and Wednesday, saying Savannah could see up to 2 inches of snow and sleet Wednesday.

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Travelers can check their flight status on Delta’s website or app and sign up for flight notifications sent to their mobile device or by email.

If your flight is cancelled or delayed by 90 minutes or more and you cancel your travel plans, you can get a refund for the unused portion of your ticket, according to Delta.

Those with Delta flights booked Jan. 3 or Jan. 4 to, from or through Augusta, Brunswick, Savannah or Valdosta in Georgia; Charleston, Columbia or Myrtle Beach in South Carolina; Charlotte, Fayetteville, Wilmington or Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina; or Gainesville, Jacksonville or Tallahassee, Fla., can make a one-time change to their flight plans without paying certain change fees.

Bird enters cockpit, forcing airplane’s return to gate

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Bird enters cockpit, forcing airplane’s return to gate

A bird flew into an airplane bound for Atlanta, forcing it to return to the gate in Detroit Saturday. 

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Delta Flight 1943 was taxiing to the runway when it circled back to the gate at Detroit Metro Airport after a small bird flew into the cockpit, according to WDIV

The bird boarded the plane, then got into the cockpit shortly after takeoff. It was so small it could not be found, even after searching for an hour, according to WDIV

So the pilot decided to take off, and about an hour into the flight, it appeared again. 

"Literally an hour into the flight, he goes, 'I have an update that the bird is back and it's going a little nuts in here in the cockpit and we do not feel safe continuing on this flight, so we're going to go back to Detroit,'" passenger Brian Buonassissi told WDIV.

This time, the bird was removed and safely set free. The pilot again resumed the flight to Atlanta.

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