NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A plane was forced to return to John F. Kennedy Airport Tuesday morning after the pilot reported hitting a flock of birds.
It happened just after 8:30 a.m. when American Airlines Flight 1320 “came in contact” with several geese shortly after takeoff, the airline said in a statement.
In an air traffic control recording archived on the website LiveATC.net, the pilot is heard reporting the bird strike.
“We might have to go back. We had a bird strike on takeoff,” the pilot says.
“Let me know what I can do to help you guys out,” an air traffic controller responds.
The pilot then declares an emergency and asks to return to the airport.