FAA: Plane Lands Safely after NYC Bird Strike

June 30, 2009 - 1:19 PM
An American Airlines flight from Miami has landed safely at New York's LaGuardia Airport after reporting a bird strike.
New York (AP) - An American Airlines flight from Miami has landed safely at New York's LaGuardia Airport after reporting a bird strike.
 
FAA spokeswoman Arlene Salac says the strike was reported by Flight 1256 at 900 feet Tuesday morning.
 
The Boeing 737-800 landed safely and taxied partly to the gate before reporting trouble with the nose gear. It was then towed into the gate.
 
Salac says a preliminary inspection indicates a bird struck a hydraulic line in the nose gear.
 
American spokesman Tim Smith says the 135 passengers were not aware of any trouble and disembarked normally.
 
Planes hit birds every day in the U.S. A bird strike was responsible for the dramatic landing of a jetliner in the Hudson River last winter. All aboard survived.