Fla.-bound jet makes emergency landing in NY

April 24, 2012 - 9:45 PM
JetBlue Emergency Landing

Emergency responders and aircraft mechanics survey the damage to a Jet Blue aircraft that made a safe emergency landing at the Westchester County Airport in Purchase, N.Y., Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The pilot declared an emergency just after takeoff, after a pair of Canada geese struck the plane's windshield. The aircraft landed safely and there were no injuries. (AP Photo/The Journal News, Matthew Brown) NYC OUT; NO SALES

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A JetBlue aircraft bound for West Palm Beach, Fla., made an emergency landing at a suburban New York airport shortly after hitting birds upon takeoff.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters says JetBlue Flight 571 carrying 54 passengers had a bird strike while taking off from Westchester County Airport in White Plains on Tuesday. He says the plane returned to the airport and landed safely just before 7 p.m. No one was injured.

JetBlue spokeswoman Real Hamilton-Romeo says initial reports indicate no damage to the plane.

On Thursday, a Los Angeles bound jet made an emergency landing at JFK Airport after striking a bird.

In 2009, Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger safely landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River in New York after striking a flock of geese.