A military plane carrying a National Guard general was forced to return to Midway International Airport in Chicago after striking a flock of birds upon takeoff Monday evening.
Gen. Daniel Hokanson, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, was on the C-37 Gulfstream plane en route to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland when the incident occurred, Kurt M. Rauschenberg, a National Guard spokesperson, told Fox News Digital.
Video footage of the takeoff shows the aircraft striking a flock of birds moments after becoming airborne. A spark can be seen coming from the left engine after the collision.
The plane is assigned to the 89th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Andrews. No injuries were reported.
“Out of an abundance of caution, the crew safely returned to the airport,” a spokesperson for the 89th Airlift Wing said. “All members on board are safe and the incident is under investigation.”
Hokanson remained in Chicago overnight and the incident is under investigation.