SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A Delta flight headed to Salt Lake City from Sacramento made an emergency landing shortly after takeoff Tuesday evening.

A Sacramento International Airport spokesperson said the flight took off at 6:50 p.m. and had a bird strike shortly after takeoff.

The plane turned around and landed safely at SMF. The spokesperson said 65 people including the crew were on board. No injuries were reported.

“It was a really loud thud, then vibrating and it kinda smelled like smoke,” passenger Anna Nielson said.

It’s not clear at this time if there was any damage to the plane or if the plane will take off again Tuesday night.

“[I was] really wondered what was going on and could smell. The guy next to me said that’s a bad smell,” passenger Lucy Murphy said.

Dozens of passengers were forced to get rebooked with no new available flights leaving until Wednesday morning.

  1. Susan Wilde says:

    These things fly directly over our senior complex! I heard this and thought it sounded all wrong. I was just praying I wasn’t going to be toast in a few seconds. It was such a huge, horrible sound and very unnatural even for this flyover hell.

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