Goose Strike Forces JetBlue Plane to Make Emergency Landing

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WHITE PLAINS, NY (KTLA) -- A JetBlue plane that had just taken off from a suburban New York airport had to make an emergency landing on Tuesday after two geese struck its windshield.

It happened around 6:45 p.m. as JetBlue Flight 571 was taking off from Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said.

The Embraer E190 was carrying 54 passengers and four crew members en route to West Palm Beach, Florida.

"We got to come back. We hit two big geese," the New York Post quotes a pilot as saying to air traffic controllers. "We are declaring an emergency."

The plane landed safely just before 7 p.m. and no one was hurt, Peters said.

The passengers said they knew something was wrong when the pilot began rocking the aircraft.

They were put on another plane to get to Florida.

Last Thursday, a Delta plane heading from New York to Los Angeles made an emergency landing at JFK airport after hitting a bird.

Bird strikes are relatively common and do not always damage jet engines, although large birds or flocks of birds can seriously harm planes and engines.

Most famously, in 2009, a flock of geese damaged both engines on US Airways flight 1549, forcing the crew to land the plane in New York's Hudson River.

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