Bird strike breaks plane's windshield, forces emergency landing

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – A bird strike broke a small plane's windshield and forced the aircraft to make an emergency landing in northwest Harris County, according to the Federal Aviation Authority.

Officials said the single-engine Cessna 172 with an instructor and a student on board had just taken off from David Wayne Hooks Airport when the plane hit a bird and broke the aircraft's windshield.

The plane landed safely back at Hooks. 


Both people reported minor injuries.

Sky 2 aerials showed the shattered windshield. A man on the ground was holding what appeared to be a large, dead bird.

The plane is registered to an owner in the Dallas area.

The FAA is investigating.