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Bad day for airline: Midair alerts send ExpressJet plane back to airport twice, another hits bird  

An ExpressJet Airlines flight was forced to turn back twice after takeoff because of different maintenance alerts on Thursday while another of the airline’s planes was forced to turn back after a bird strike.

In a statement, ExpressJet said Thursday's flight 6063 from Denver to Louisville, Kentucky, “returned to Denver after takeoff due to a maintenance alert in the flight deck.”

“The flight returned to Denver safely and without incident, and maintenance teams resolved the issue,” the statement said.

“After the second takeoff, the flight returned to Denver for a different maintenance alert and landed safely, without incident. All 50 passengers were re-accommodated on a replacement aircraft,” it added.

The company said that ExpressJet flight 6099 -- operating as United Express -- experienced a bird strike shortly after takeoff at Shreveport, Louisiana, also on Thursday.

The flight, which was headed for Denver, returned to Shreveport “safely and without incident,” the airline said. “A thorough inspection of the aircraft showed no damage.”

On May 2, an ExpressJet plane and a Scandinavian Airlines flight clipped while taxiing for departure at Newark Airport, NBCNewYork.com reported.