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Flight From Chicago Strikes Bird En Route To Newark

(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A flight from Chicago struck a bird Thursday evening shortly before it arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Southwest Airlines Flight 468, from Midway International Airport in Chicago, recorded a bird strike in the plane engine before landing around 9:15 p.m.

The plane landed safely at Newark, and no one was injured, Southwest said.

There were 141 passengers onboard at the time.

The plane was being inspected late Thursday.

Bird strikes are not uncommon.

In the most famous incident, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger splash-landed a US Airways flight in the Hudson River following a double bird strike on Jan. 15, 2009. All 155 people on board Flight 1549 were rescued and uninjured.

In June 2013, JetBlue Flight 1205 from White Plains to Fort Myers had to be divert to JFK after a bird strike.

In April 2012, JetBlue Flight 571 headed to West Palm Beach, Fla. was forced to turn around and make an emergency landing at Westchester County Airport after the plane struck by two geese.

Last year alone, the Federal Aviation Administration reported 11,000 wildlife strikes at 650 airports nationwide.

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