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Birds Again Ground NY Plane

JetBlue flight forced to return to Westchester immediately after takeoff
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2012 5:07 AM CDT
Birds Again Ground NY Plane
A pair of geese hit a Florida-bound flight last night, forcing it to return to Westchester less than seven minutes after it took off.   (AP photo/Hawaii Dept. of Land and Natural Resources, Kara A. K. Lee)

(Newser) – It's a bird, it's a plane ... it's a collision. Or so went an aborted JetBlue flight taking off from New York's Westchester airport last night, reports the New York Post. Two geese plowed into the windshield of the cockpit of the West Palm Beach-bound flight, forcing it to land just seven minutes after takeoff. "We got to come back. We hit two big geese," a pilot radioed. "We are declaring an emergency." "I heard the noise," says one passenger. "It was very loud and the plane had a lot of turbulence. The pilot told us the windshield was cracked."’ She adds helpfully that when she disembarked, "the whole front of it was covered in bird." It's the second time in less than a week that our winged friends have struck a New York flight. (Read more Westchester stories.)

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