updated 3/13/2009 1:04:34 PM ET 2009-03-13T17:04:34

A passenger plane has landed safely after passengers were told it struck two birds taking off from Atlanta.

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The Delta flight, operated by regional carrier ASA, was on its way to Mobile, Ala., when passengers said they heard a loud thud.

The pilot told passengers the plane would circle over northwest Georgia to burn off fuel before returning to Atlanta.

ASA spokeswoman Allison Baker says the 50-seat CRJ-100 hit what officials believe were two birds, but their species has not been determined.

Passenger Sarah Burch, the wife of the executive producer of WKRG-TV in Mobile, told the station she could see damage on the plane's nose and right wing after leaving the plane.

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