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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Plane Hits Swans

MOSCOW -- A passenger plane made a forced landing Friday after it collided with a flock of migrating swans in Russia's Far East, Interfax reported.

The An-24 plane had just taken off from the airport in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on the Pacific island of Sakhalin when it encountered the swans at an altitude of about 350 meters, authorities said.

The pilot decided to turn back to determine whether the plane, which was carrying 33 passengers and six crew, had been damaged. A ground inspection revealed slight damage to the fuselage and a wing. No one was injured, authorities said.

The swans were less fortunate: Witnesses aboard the plane said about a dozen of them were chewed up by the plane's propellers, Interfax said.