Plane forced to return to JFK after bird strike

Mar 17, 2015 10:43 AM by News Staff

NEW YORK -- A plane was forced to return to John F. Kennedy Airport Tuesday morning after the pilot reported hitting a flock of birds, the FAA said.

CBS New York reports that the incident happened around 8:50 a.m. just after American Airlines Flight 1320 took off on route to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In an air traffic control recording archived on the website, other flights can be heard reporting birds in the area just before the incident.

"We just passed another flock at 2,000 feet right off the shoreline," the pilot of a JetBlue flight can be heard saying.

The American Airlines pilot then declares an emergency and asks to return to the airport.

"Departure American 1320 has declared an emergency and we'd like to return to JFK," he says.

The plane, which had 134 people on board, landed safely back at the airport, the FAA said. The passengers were being put on another plane.

The FAA is investigating.

In September, three pilots each reported bird strikes while approaching New York's LaGuardia Airport, prompting a new call to address what one report says is an increasing danger.

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