Boston-bound flight returns to Buffalo airport after bird strike

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A flight that was bound for Boston had to turn around and head back to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport Thursday morning.

According to the NFTA, a JetBlue plane struck a bird about 10 minutes into the flight, causing the flight crew to return the twin engine jet to the airport around 6:15 a.m.

Federal aviation officials say bird strikes occur about 13,000 times a year in the United States, the most famous of those was the USAirways “Miracle on the Hudson” in 2009.

Flight Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger landed the plane in the Hudson River without a single loss of life, after getting hit with two bird strikes.

Airport officials in Buffalo and across the country now enlist “bird patrols” to keep serious bird strikes to a minimum.

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