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Westchester flight makes emergency landing at JFK after bird strike

JetBlue flight 671 bound for West Palm Beach

JetBlue flight 671 bound for West Palm Beach had to make an emergency landing at JFK after bird strike. Photo Credit: Chris Balduino

WHITE PLAINS - A JetBlue flight out of Westchester County Airport was forced to make an emergency landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport Friday after it struck a bird.

Airport officials say JetBlue Flight 671 took off from White Plains just before 9:30 a.m. on its way to West Palm Beach, Fla. The plane was diverted to JFK, where it landed safely.

The plane was struck by a juvenile herring gull, creating a large hole near the nose cone. 

JetBlue says the 142 passengers were given the option of getting on another flight or being taken back to Westchester County.

No injuries were reported.

A bird strike previously caused U.S. Airways Flight 1549 to perform an emergency landing on the Hudson River in 2009. It is reported that between 20 and 40 bird strikes occur annually at Westchester County Airport.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino reported that the hole made as a result of the strike has been repaired.

The plane is flying once again Saturday morning.

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