Bird Strike Grounds West Palm Beach Bound Flight

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A JetBlue aircraft bound for West Palm Beach, Fla., made an emergency landing at a suburban New York airport shortly after hitting birds upon takeoff.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters says JetBlue Flight 571 carrying 54 passengers had a bird strike while taking off from Westchester County Airport in White Plains on Tuesday. He says the plane returned to the airport and landed safely just before 7 p.m. No one was injured.

JetBlue spokeswoman Real Hamilton-Romeo says initial reports indicate no damage to the plane.

On Thursday, a Los Angeles bound jet made an emergency landing at JFK Airport after striking a bird.

In 2009, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger safely landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River in New York after striking a flock of geese.

(© 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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