USA TODAY2019-03-31 17:46:08
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A bird strike on an American Airlines flight from Boston’s Logan International Airport to New York’s LaGuardia forced the plane to return to the airport Sunday morning.
The flight, carrying 99 passengers and a crew of four, took off at 10:08 a.m. ET and landed safely 11 minutes later, according to American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein.
Travelers boarded a replacement aircraft, which took off at 11:52 a.m. ET.
Passenger David Meerman Scott shared a picture on Twitter of what appears to be blood and several white feathers splattered on the plane’s front window after landing.
“A first for me in something like 4 million air miles,” he tweeted Sunday. “We hit a goose on takeoff and the skilled @americanair pilots brought us back for an emergency landing.”
The Embraer E190 aircraft will be evaluated by a maintenance team in Boston, a standard procedure for a bird strike.
Civilian flights based in the USA reported 14,661 collisions with wildlife in 2018, a USA TODAY analysis of Federal Aviation Administration data shows. That’s more than 40 a day, tying the previous year’s record.
Contributing: John Bacon and Gregory Korte
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