Plane from Key West to DC had to turn around after a bird strike

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Officials say an American Airlines plane returned safely to Key West International Airport after a bird strike led to a problem with the left engine.
 
Flight 4680 which was operated by Republic Airways and destined for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, was carrying 67 people. 
 
Monroe County spokeswoman Cammy Clark said in an email that the aircraft , an Embraer 175 jet,experienced the bird strike shortly after takeoff Sunday afternoon at Key West International Airport.  
 
The airplane departed Key West at 1:50 p.m. and experienced the bird strike about "one minute after wheels up," said Casey Norton, spokesperson for American Airlines. The plane landed about five minutes later.
 
"The flight crew did a great job of flying the aircraft safely back to the airport," said Donald DeGraw, Director of Key West International Airport. "The airport's fire department and mutual aid were called out, ready to respond, but fortunately they were not needed."
 
No injuries were reported.
 
According to officials all passenger were re-routed onto other airlines.
 
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