A Delta Air Lines plane has landed safely in New Orleans after striking a bird shortly after takeoff.

A spokeswoman for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport said Delta Flight 1053 returned to the tarmac Monday morning. The plane had been bound for Atlanta.

Spokeswoman Michelle Wilcut said passengers were booked on other flights. She said she was told there were about 191 people on board.

In January, a US Airways plane had to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River in New York when both of its engines were disabled by bird strikes shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport.