2018-04-04 / Front Page

JFK Bird Strike Forces Emergency Landing

A Delta Airlines flight taking off from JFK Airport on April 1 struck a bird and lost an engine, forcing an emergency landing, Port Authority (PAPD) police said.

The Denver-bound Delta flight took off from JFK at about 8 a.m. on April 1, but was quickly forced back to the airport after the bird got sucked into an engine.

The engine shut down, forcing the pilot to land the aircraft using limited power, the PAPD said.

Fire and police rescue teams were on hand for the landing, to assist the 126 passengers and crewmembers on board and inspect the aircraft for damage, according to the PAPD. No one was injured.

Passengers were offered seats on other flights, a Delta spokesperson said.

The aircraft was taxied to a gate for evaluation and maintenance following the landing, according to the Delta spokesperson.

 –Liz Goff

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