Clear 33° Good Afternoon
Clear 33° Good Afternoon

Officials: Plane makes emergency landing at JFK after bird strike

Birds fly past the control tower at New

Birds fly past the control tower at New York's Kennedy Airport on April 27, 2012. Photo Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

A Florida-bound JetBlue flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Kennedy Airport Friday morning after experiencing a bird-strike on takeoff from Westchester County Airport, officials said.

The plane, an Airbus A320 with 142 passengers aboard, landed safely and without incident, the airline said in a statement. The Federal Aviation Administration said the crew declared an emergency after the strike and said the incident is under investigation -- confirming there were no injuries.

The jet, Flight 671, was scheduled to depart Westchester at 8:41 a.m. bound for Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach. Its scheduled arrival time was 11:33 a.m.

It was not clear when the Airbus left Westchester, but the FAA said the crew declared the emergency at 9:30 a.m. JetBlue said the captain then elected to divert to Kennedy "out of an abundance of caution."

The FAA said the plane landed on Runway 22L at 9:38 a.m. and that, based on preliminary accounts, it suffered damage to its nose.

The airline said customers were given the option of taking another flight from Kennedy to Palm Beach or going back to Westchester County.

News photos & videos