Birds Hit Two Planes: Jet Blue Flights Grounded After Bird Strike [VIDEO]

By iScienceTimes Staff on January 14, 2013 4:52 PM EST

Birds hit two planes
Two planes were grounded by bird strikes at JFK this weekend. Both JetBlue flights had to be evacuated while officials inspected them for damage. (Photo: Reuters)

Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a bunch of birds hitting a plane!

Oh no ...

Birds hit two planes departing from JFK International Airport in New York City over the weekend, creating a scary scenario for passengers who were forced to switch planes after an emergency landing. The birds hit two planes at separate times over the weekend. The birds hit the first plane on 3:30 p.m. Saturday, a JetBlue flight bound for the Dominican Republic. All 70 passengers switched planes and took off about 90 minutes later.

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The bids hit plane number two on Sunday morning. Once again, it was a Jet Blue flight, this time bound for Nassau and the Bahamas. No damage was reported to the second plane, but all 125 passengers had to board a different plane while an inspection took place. The birds hit two planes this weekend, no doubt reminding many of the famous bird strike in 2009 where Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger had to perform an emergency landing in the Hudson River.

The birds hit two planes but JFK officials aren't worried. The airport is the sixth busiest in the world, averaging nearly 1,000 flights per day. So, if birds hit two planes over a weekend the math is something like 2-in-2000 chance it could happen. Since the Sully Sullenberger incident, NYC officials have been more vigilant in keeping birds away from planes and vice versa.

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