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Flight bound for Denver aborts takeoff at YVR due to possible bird strike

A United Airlines flight out of Vancouver aborted takeoff Friday afternoon due to a possible bird strike.

No, the birds at YVR have not unionized. Instead, one was sucked into the engine — a rare but dangerous event — and the jet was forced to make an emergency stop.

The flight, set to take off from YVR for Denver at 12:30 p.m., instead returned to the terminal. 121 passengers and five crew members deplaned. The departure has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m.

A photo shared to social media by Paul Friesen, a passenger on the flight, showed a streak of blood on one of the jet’s engines.

United has not confirmed the extent of the damage, but a spokesperson said maintenance crews were already working to restore the jet, and the airline was working to secure a new aircraft for the rescheduled flight.

No one was injured.

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