LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A reported bird strike forced a domestic flight into an extending holding pattern above the city before returning to Los Angeles International Airport early Thursday.

Spirit Airlines flight 310 left LAX for Ft. Lauderdale around 9:50 p.m. Wednesday, according to the airline’s flight status guide.

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The flight status guide showed the plane made its second takeoff from LAX at 1:51 a.m. Thursday and was scheduled to land in Ft. Lauderdale at 9:36 a.m. local time.

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The flight may not have been able to immediately land after the bird strike because the pilot did not declare an emergency, Spirit Airlines spokesman Paul Berry said, so the flight was placed in a holding pattern, or because landing with full fuel tanks was considered too difficult.

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