A United Airlines Boeing 737 struck a bird as it descended into Denver International airport Tuesday morning.
Flight 1475 landed safely at 9:09 a.m. and was escorted to a gate. The plane was flying from Dallas/Ft Worth to Denver. Photos show a large hole in the nose of the plane.
The plane’s pilots were aware of the bird strike and declared an emergency.
There were 151 passengers on board but there were no injuries, Christen David, a spokeswoman for United Airlines, told ABC News.
The bird’s remains, recovered from the aircraft, will be analyzed by experts from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, who will help identify the species.