FAA: Plane makes emergency landing at JFK

An air traffic controller looks out from the

An air traffic controller looks out from the control tower at Kennedy Airport. (Jan. 26, 2012) (Credit: Craig Ruttle)

A JetBlue flight from Westchester to Fort Myers, Fla., made an emergency landing Thursday at Kennedy Airport after reporting a bird strike soon after takeoff, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said.

It was not clear if the aircraft, a twin-engine Embraer ERJ-190 regional jet that seats 134 passengers, sustained significant damage.

"Out- of an abundance of caution, the aircraft diverted to John F. Kennedy for inspection and landed safely at 8:25 a.m.," JetBlue said in a statement.

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A JetBlue spokeswoman said 68 passengers and four crew were aboard the jet, but did not characterize any damage to the aircraft, telling Newsday no specific details were immediately available.

There were no injuries, according to the FAA.

The plane, JetBlue Flight 1205, took off from Westchester County Airport at 7:46 a.m., according to JetBlue flight-tracking information. It was scheduled to arrive at Southwest Florida International Airport at 10:51 a.m.

JetBlue said that after the flight landed safely at Kennedy the jet was "swapped out" for a new plane and passengers then continued on to Southwest Florida International -- arriving at the Fort Myers airport at 12:45 p.m.

It was not clear what type of birds were struck.

The most-notable bird strike involved US Airways Flight 1549 in January 2009 -- the so-called Miracle on the Hudson flight piloted by Capt. Chesley B. Sullenberger.

That aircraft, an Airbus A320 carrying 155 passengers and crew, struck a flock of Canada geese after the plane departed LaGuardia on Jan. 15. The birds knocked out both engines on the jet, which then made a successful landing on the Hudson River off midtown Manhattan.

Everyone aboard survived.

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