A plane flight that took off from White Plains, New York on Thursday morning was diverted after being struck by birds.
Airline Jet Blue today announced that flight 1205 from White Plains to Fort Myers, Florida experienced a “bird strike” shortly after taking off. The flight was diverted as a precautionary measure, in case the animals had damaged the aircraft or its engines during the collision. The plane landed soon after at JFK International Airport in New York City, with no injuries reported.
Bird Strikes are an all-too-common, but dangerous phenomenon for flights that even NASA has researched ways to prevent. Birds hitting airplanes at high speeds can cause significant damage to aircrafts and jet engines. The FAA states that 121,000 “wildlife strikes” occurred in the U.S. between 1990 and 2010 (and average of around 16.5 per day) and that 23 deaths have been attributed to those events.