The Quad Cities Honor Flight to Washington D.C. was delayed Thursday morning but not because of the government shutdown.
The plane scheduled to take the veterans on their trip hit an owl Thursday morning on its way from Minnesota to the Quad Cities. A technician checked the engine and everything looked fine, but it caused a delay.
Instead of leaving at 7:00 a.m. as originally planned, the plane didn’t take off until 10:00 a.m.
An airport worker says she spoke with Quad Cities Honor Flight director Bob Morrison — after the plane hit the owl.
“The other day Bob said he had a plan A, B and C so apparently this is Plan D. And you know so a government shutdown nor an owl can keep an Honor Flight from going to see the monuments in D.C.”
Ninety veterans and 70 guardians are participating in the Honor Flight.