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System issue, bird strike affect Charlotte airport

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Concerns over an instrument landing system and a bird strike on a departing flight have impacted operations at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday an instrument landing system on Runway 18R was out of service for about two hours after a pilot reported a fluctuating signal. While the ILS was out of service, only one runway was available for landings instead of two runways. That meant holding Charlotte-bound flights on the ground at their departure airports until the ILS was returned to service.

FAA technicians examined the system and found nothing unusual.

Also, Republic Airlines flight 3140 was on its takeoff roll when a bird struck the number 2 engine on the Embraer E170. The pilot aborted the takeoff and returned to the ramp.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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