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United flight lands safely after bird strikes plane

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A bird hit United Airlines flight 1475 Tuesday morning, forcing the plane to land.

A United Airlines flight landed safely Tuesday morning, after being struck by a bird during its descent into Denver International Airport.

United Flight 1475 was inbound from Dallas with 151 passengers on board when the collision happened, Denver's ABC-affiliate KMGH reported. The strike occurred about 25 miles outside the Denver airport's property, according to an airport spokeswoman.

The plane landed without incident, though an image on KMGH showed a large hole and dent in the jet's nose under the cockpit windows.

No injuries were reported and the Boeing 737 aircraft is being inspected, said United spokesperson Christen David.

The National Transportation and Safety Board has been called to investigate this case, KMGH reported.

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