Bird strike hits JetBlue flight

A JetBlue Aircraft bound for West Palm Beach, Florida made an emergency landing just north of New York City, after it hit birds while taking off. JetBlue Flight 571 landed safely at Westchester County Airport. AP video. (April 25)

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A JetBlue flight was forced to return to the airport it departed from Tuesday when geese collided with the aircraft, officials said.

Flight 571, going from Westchester County Airport in White Plains to West Palm Beach, Fla., "encountered a bird strike shortly after takeoff," JetBlue spokeswoman Real Hamilton-Romeo said in a statement.

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Also Tuesday, the crew on a Canadair Regional Jet flight coming into Kennedy Airport declared an emergency landing after experiencing problems with a flap while en route from Montreal, officials said. The plane landed safely and passengers were put on another flight, officials said. Port Authority officials could not provide more information about that incident.

In the Westchester incident, the JetBlue spokeswoman said the plane, an Embraer 190 aircraft, turned around and landed back at the county's airport shortly after its 6:45 p.m. takeoff. "Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of the passengers and crew onboard, the captain elected to return to the gate," she said.

The plane was carrying 54 passengers and four crew members. There were no injuries and the passengers and crew boarded another flight later in the evening.

The incident comes less than a week after a Delta flight bound for Los Angeles made an emergency landing at Kennedy when a bird struck its right engine shortly after takeoff.

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