Officials say a Dallas-bound American Airlines flight returned to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport shortly after takeoff after a bird strike left a large dent on the jetliner's nose.

Sea-Tac Airport officials said that the flight with 150 passengers landed safely back in Seattle Wednesday afternoon. A photo of the damaged aircraft showed the large indentation nearly centered on the plane's nose.

American airlines apologized to passengers and said it was evaluating the aircraft.

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Information from: KIRO-TV, htthttp://www.kirotv.com/index.html