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Bird strike cuts short US Airways flight, plane returns safely

May 12, 2014, New York, N.Y. - A US Airways flight from New York City has struck a bird shortly after takeoff and returned to the airport.


May 12, 2014
By The Associated Press

The Federal Aviation Administration says Flight 2191 landed safely Friday night at LaGuardia Airport.

 

US Airways says the Airbus A319 had been headed for Ronald
Reagan Washington National Airport with 96 passengers and 5 crewmembers
aboard. The airline says passengers were booked on other flights.

 

The FAA is investigating the bird
strike, the second this week involving a LaGuardia flight. A United
Airlines jet from Chicago struck a bird before landing safely at the
airport Wednesday.

 

In March, a seagull put a hole in a
JetBlue airliner's nose shortly after takeoff from Westchester County
Airport, prompting an unscheduled landing at John F. Kennedy
International Airport.