Dec 13, 2014 12:38 PM by News Staff
LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) - A Southwest Airlines jet heading to the Washington area made an emergency landing at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport after being struck by a bird.
Authorities say the airliner landed safely Friday night. Anne Arundel County fire department officials say they were alerted about a plane in distress near Gibson Island in the Chesapeake Bay. The island is about 15 miles southeast of the airport.
Some witnesses told WJZ-TV that they saw a burst of fire from the jet.
The airline says the pilot declared an emergency and landed the plane safely. Flight 3118 originated in San Antonio. Southwest says the airliner was carrying 142 passengers and a crew of five.
The plane was taken out of service to be inspected.
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