May 14, 2011 / 6:55 PM / 8 years ago

Flight returns safely to New York after bird strike

BOSTON (Reuters) - A bird strike forced a JetBlue flight bound for Aruba back to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport shortly after takeoff on Saturday, officials said.

JetBlue flight 757 landed safely back at the airport after a bird strike during the plane’s late morning departure, said Alex Headrick, a spokesman for the airline.

The Airbus A320 aircraft had 104 passengers and five flight crew aboard, he said. No injuries were reported and passengers were transferred to a airplane.

Maintenance teams are evaluating any damage to the aircraft, Headrick said.

In January 2009, a bird strike effectively disabled both engines of an Airbus A320 leaving New York’s LaGuardia airport and forced an emergency landing in the Hudson River.

Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger glided the crippled US Airways plane onto the water in what is known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.”

Reporting by Lauren Keiper; Editing by Tim Gaynor

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