TAMPA -- A United Airlines flight that took off in Tampa was diverted back to the airport after reports the aircraft struck some ducks.

A spokesperson at the airport said the flight was headed to Houston just before 8 a.m. when the plane hit a bird and had to return to Tampa.

The flight was left around 7:40 a.m., but returned around 7:50 a.m.

Aircraft maintenance is currently assessing the plane.

Courtesy of Flightaware.com