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Bird strike diverts plane to JFK

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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:30 am

A Florida-bound plane was forced to land at JFK Airport Thursday morning after being struck by two birds.

JetBlue Flight 1205 to Fort Myers, Fla. took off from Westchester County Airport in White Plains around 8 a.m. and was struck by the birds over the Long Island Sound.

JetBlue said the plane was diverted to JFK out of an abundance of caution and the 68 passengers were placed on another plane and taken to Florida.

Multiple media outlets have reported that the plane was hit by two starlings.

At least four other planes have suffered bird strikes in the past 18 months in the New York area — one last April was also at Westchester County Airport, while the other three were all at JFK.

Bird strikes have been in the news since US Airways Flight 154 was crippled after being hit by a flock of geese in January, 2009 and made an emergency landing in the Hudson River.

Last summer, the U.S. Department of Agriculture instituted a culling of the non-native Canada geese population around JFK that they said posed a threat to aircraft.

Domenick Rafter

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