United Flight 1451, a Boeing 737, took off from San Diego shortly after 7 a.m., investigators said. About 10 minutes into the flight after the plane had climbed to about 14,000 feet, a bird hit the windshield of the plane. The pilot turned around and landed back at Lindbergh Field at about 7:25 a.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Passenger got off the plane, while a maintenance team inspected it. They determined that it had not sustained any damage from the bird strike.
The passengers reboarded the plane, and it took off just before 8:30 a.m.
On its way to Houston, the pilot made another unexpected landing - this time in Phoenix - due to mechanical issues, a passenger's husband told FOX 5. An FAA spokesman confirmed there was an "unscheduled landing," but said a maintenance inspected the plane and cleared it for takeoff.
The plane took off to Houston soon after.