A plane made an emergency landing in Florida after colliding with a bird

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The aircraft, which was destined for New York's LaGuardia Airport, managed to safely return to the airfield's runway

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A plane made an emergency landing in Florida after hitting a bird

JetBlue plane. REUTERS/Mike Segar

A plane of the airline JetBlue had to make an emergency landing this Sunday after colliding with a bird shortly after taking off from the Palm Beach International Airport, in south Florida (USA), media reports

The plane, which was bound for LaGuardia Airport in New York, managed to safely return to the airfield's runway and return to the terminal after about 15 minutes, according to the local newspaper Sun Sentinel.

A spokesperson for the airline said the plane is being inspected by maintenance personnel and that passengers are being accommodated on subsequent flights, according to the media.

Bird and other animal strikes against aircraft are not entirely unusual and in fact between 1990 and 2020 a total of 2,065 US airports reported such events, according to a report by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

In that period of time, collisions between civil aircraft and animals involved 608 species of birds, 52 species of terrestrial mammals, 38 species of bats and 27 species of reptiles for a total of 725 species.

The FAA points out that these encounters have become “ a growing concern” for aviation, and that both the increase in the population of large birds and that of aircraft powered by turbofans, which are quieter, are risk factors.

Last November, a Boeing aircraft An American Airlines flight from Chicago was forced to fly through several birds as it approached the Kansas City airport, with no injuries reported despite damage to the aircraft.

The most emblematic case was that of the US Airways flight commanded by Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, which after taking off from LaGuardia on January 15, 2009 lost power after hitting a flock of geese , an impact that forced the captain to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River that managed to save the lives of all the passengers.

The event was brought to the big screen in the movie “Sully” (2016), directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks.

With EFE information

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