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Utah Jazz flight returns to airport after bird strike

/ 10:28 AM March 31, 2021
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; A general view of a game between the Utah Jazz and the Memphis Grizzlies during the first quarter at a partially filled Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

FILE PHOTO: Mar 26, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; A general view of a game between the Utah Jazz and the Memphis Grizzlies during the first quarter at a partially filled Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

A charter flight carrying the Utah Jazz to Memphis on Tuesday was forced to return to Salt Lake City airport after an engine was damaged when the plane struck a flock of birds shortly after takeoff, the team said.

The plane returned safely to the airport after the collision with the birds caused “engine failure,” team spokesman Frank Zang said.

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Utah is scheduled to play the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.

“GOD is good,” forward Royce O’Neale wrote alongside two praying hand emojis on Twitter.

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