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.