Published: Jul 09, 2012 5:50 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- A JetBlue flight, leaving RSW Monday morning, had to return to the airport after the crew suspected the plane had a run in with birds.

Officials from the airport tell WINK News, the plane took off around 11:45 a.m., then returned to the runway just after 12:20 p.m.

The pilot was able to return the aircraft to the gate so maintenance could inspect it.

The flight was eventually cancelled.

JetBlue Airways issued the followign statement in regards to the incident:

"Out of an abundance of caution, shortly after takeoff at 11:47 a.m. the crew of Flt. 552 elected to return to RSW due to a suspected bird strike.  The aircraft safely landed at 12:22 p.m. and taxied to the gate under its own power where customers deplaned. Maintenance is currently inspecting the aircraft and customers have been offered either a refund or rebooking on the next available flight."