Another New York Bird Strike – JetBlue plane emergency landing after geese smack into windshield: Mail Online

Posted: April 25, 2012 in Airlines, USA
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[Mail Online] A JetBlue flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Westchester County Airport, New York last night after two geese smacked into its windshield.

The JetBlue flight made an emergency landing at Westchester County Airport

The JetBlue flight made an emergency landing at Westchester County Airport

Pilots were forced to ground the craft – an Embraer 190 – after hitting the birds shortly after takeoff at 6.45pm.

The bird strike is the second to ground a New York flight in less than a week, after a Delta plane was forced to turn back to JFK Airport last Thursday.

A spokeswoman for JetBlue said the affected plane was flight 571 to West Palm Beach, which had 54 passengers and four crew members on board.

One of the pilots radioed controllers immediately after hitting the birds, saying, ‘We got to come back. We hit two big geese. We are declaring an emergency.’

The plane travelled just six miles from the airport before turning back, and passengers found themselves back on the tarmac a mere seven minutes after leaving it.

Nobody was injured as a result of the incident, but the weighty birds were less…..

Read the full story at The Mail Online……


By Rebecca Seales
25 April 2012


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