ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP)  – A Denver-bound Frontier Airlines flight has to make an emergency landing in St. Louis after colliding with at least one bird.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( reports Frontier flight 297 left Lambert-St. Louis International Airport a little after 6 a.m. Sunday. The scheduled two-hour flight was cut short just minutes later when the plane hit the bird.

The aircraft landed safely at Lambert, but passengers had to be transferred to another Frontier plane because the first one sustained damage.

A federal “wildlife strike” database shows Sunday’s incident was the fourth one at the St. Louis airport this year.

The Federal Aviation Administration says 23 people have been killed and 209 injured nationwide since 1990 due to wildlife strikes on aircraft.

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