Military plane returns to Midway after hitting bird

from: Courtney Spinelli, Eli Ong, Nexstar Media Wire

Published: November 23, 2022 / 08:32 AM PST

Updated: November 23, 2022 / 08:32 AM PST

CHICAGO (WGN) – A military plane was forced to return to a Chicago airport after striking a bird early Monday night.

The plane, a C-37, landed safely back at Midway Airport after the bird strike around 5 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed.

There were no reports of injuries.

Among those on board was General Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau and the highest-ranking officer in the Guard, as well as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

General Hokanson was in Chicago earlier in the day to meet with leaders and soldiers of the Illinois National Guard, according to Facebook post.

US Air Force Web page describes the C-37 as “a twin-engine, turbofan aircraft procured to fulfill special air missions around the world for senior government and Department of Defense officials.”

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