updated 4/20/2011 7:18:51 PM ET 2011-04-20T23:18:51

A Continental Airlines flight to Las Vegas with 158 passengers aboard has returned to Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport after a bird struck the aircraft shortly after takeoff.

The incident happened shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday when Continental flight 697 took off from Houston's northern airport.

Continental spokeswoman Christen David said the aircraft returned as a precaution and was not damaged from the strike to the nose. No one aboard the Boeing 737-800 was injured.

David said the type of bird involved is unknown.

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