HOUSTON An apparent bird strike forced a United Airlines plane to return to Bush Intercontinental Airport Thursday evening, an airlinespokesman said.

The 737 plane was on its departure climb to Boston when it was struck, officials said.

The birds hit the captain side below the window, Federal Aviation Administration officials said.

The aircraft landed routinely and we are accommodating the 157 customers on another aircraft in a few minutes for their trip to Boston, United spokesman Rahsaan Johnson said via e-mail. Meanwhile, there was no damage to the original aircraft and it is ready to re-enter service.

Just two days ago, a United Airlines plane from Dallas made an emergency landing in Denver after it was hit by a bird. No one was injured in that incident, either.

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