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.READ MORE: Severe Thunderstorm Warning In Effect For Northern New Jersey And Parts Of New York
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.