updated 2/28/2011 10:06:14 AM ET 2011-02-28T15:06:14

Continental Airlines says a flight that took off from Washington's Reagan National Airport sucked a bird into one of its engines and had to make an emergency landing at Washington Dulles International Airport.

Airline spokeswoman Macky Osorio says Flight 1559 was bound for Houston but landed safely at Dulles on Monday morning. No one was injured. The aircraft carrying 44 passengers was a Boeing 737-800.

Airports spokeswoman Tara Hamilton says the jet left Reagan National Airport about 8 a.m. Monday. It was quickly diverted to Dulles.

D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer says his agency received calls about a plane with engine problems flying outside the normal flight patterns from Reagan Airport, which is just outside the nation's capital.

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