A mid-air bird strike forced a Horizon Air flight to return to Kelowna Airport shortly after take off Wednesday.
The Kelowna-Seattle flight left on time at 12:34 p.m. and while lifting off the runway an eagle or hawk hit the right engine of the 76-seat Q400 turbo-prop plane.
The bird was found dead at the end of the runway.
"The pilot felt the impact and didn't have to make an emergency landing, but as a precaution felt it was best to turn back to YLW for a full mechanical check," said airport communications manager Janelle Hynes.
"Passengers and their luggage were offloaded."
Some passengers were re-booked on the Alaska flight that left for Seattle at 2:55 p.m., others had to wait until the turnaround plane was declared safe and took off again for Seattle around 4:30 p.m.