Birds Hit Two Planes at JFK, Force Pilots to Turn Around

Pilots returned to the airport, and other planes were brought in

By Raluca Anghel on January 14th, 2013 16:47 GMT

2 jet planes departing from the JFK airport this weekend were redirected not for technical difficulties, but because both pilots hit birds.

The first “bird attack” occurred on Saturday, as a JetBlue plane prepared for take-off, at 3:30 p.m., NY Daily News tells us. The JetBlue plane was traveling to the Dominican Republic. The plane returned to the airport, and passengers waited another 90 minutes for it to be replaced.

Just one day after the incident, at 9:59 a.m., another JetBlue flight was rerouted to JFK, one hour after the plane had departed.

The pilot returned, although the plane had not been severely damaged due to its collision with the bird. Passengers on the second flight also had to wait for a replacement aircraft to be brought in and prepared for flight.
2 JetBlue planes were rerouted at JFK after collisions with birds
   2 JetBlue planes were rerouted at JFK after collisions with birds
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