New York-- A bird strike forced a Florida-bound JetBlue flight to divert to New York's JFK yesterday morning (June 6).
Fort Myers-bound JetBlue Flight 1205 had just taken off from the Westchester County Airport in New York City's northern suburbs around 8 a.m. ET when the Embraer E190 aircraft encountered the birds.
"Out of an abundance of caution, the aircraft diverted to John F. Kennedy Airport for inspection and landed safely at 8:25 a.m.," JetBlue spokeswoman Sharon Jones says to The Journal News of Westchester County. "The aircraft was swapped and customers were accommodated on a new aircraft."
The passengers arrived safely in Fort Myers about two hours later than scheduled.
The Journal News offers more details, saying that just as Flight 1205 was taking off, " a dozen starlings emerged from the grass and flew into its path, Westchester airport Manager Peter Scherrer said. Two of the birds struck the plane, he said. The aircraft sustained no damage and was put back into service, the Federal Aviation Administration said."
"It's not uncommon to have an aircraft hit a bird on departure in the New York area," FAA spokesman Jim Peters adds to the newspaper.
Federal transportation officials say nearly 10,000 aircraft collide with birds every year.
Bird strikes over New York have been getting special attention since 2009, when a flight successfully ditched in the Hudson River after hitting a flock of geese.