BUFFALO, NY (WHDH) — A JetBlue flight bound for Boston was forced to make an emergency landing Thursday morning after a reported bird strike.
The plane, which took off in Buffalo, hit a bird shortly after takeoff around 6:15 a.m., according to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.
In a statement, JetBlue said, “Out of an abundance of caution, the captain returned to Buffalo Airport where the plane landed safely. The aircraft will be inspected by maintenance.”
A passenger on board the aircraft, 31-year-old Jess Murszewski, recalled the captain saying a seagull flew into the engine and cracked one of the blades.
“We were just kind of shocked,” Murszewski said. “I’m happy everyone’s safe … I called my mom the second we landed.”
JetBlue said it provided passengers with other flights.
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