Emergency Landing After Plane Strikes Bird

Early Friday morning, an American Airlines Flight 1118 struck a bird shortly after takeoff, resulting in an emergency landing at San Jose’s International Airport.

The plane, McDonnell Douglas MD-80, bound for Dallas with 136 passengers landed safely shortly before 7:00 a.m. without any injuries.

Bird strikes are more common this time of the year due to winter migration but rarely do they cause engine problems.  It is believed that a bird flew into one of the plane’s engines and disabled it.  The accident occurred at about 900 feet.


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