Jet lands safely after hitting birds near Atlanta

Friday, March 13, 2009 9:03 AM
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ATLANTA — A passenger plane landed safely after passengers were told it struck two birds taking off from Atlanta.

The Delta flight, operated by regional carrier ASA, was on its way to Mobile, Ala., Thursday night when passengers said they heard a loud thud.

The pilot told passengers the plane would circle over northwest Georgia to burn off fuel before returning to Atlanta.

ASA spokeswoman Allison Baker says the 50-seat CRJ-100 hit what officials believe were two birds. Their species has not been determined.

Passenger Sarah Burch, the wife of the executive producer of WKRG-TV in Mobile, told the station she could see damage on the plane's nose and right wing after leaving the plane.

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Rob Pavey
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Rob Pavey 03/13/09 - 09:52 am
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must've been some pretty big

must've been some pretty big birds.

concerned mom of 2
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concerned mom of 2 03/13/09 - 11:09 am
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Thank GOD everyone is safe!!

Thank GOD everyone is safe!!

Frank
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Frank 03/13/09 - 11:32 am
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at the speeds required for

at the speeds required for takeoff, it doesn't necessarily have to be a large bird to create substantial damage..

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My_2nd 03/13/09 - 01:15 pm
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a robin sized bird can stall

a robin sized bird can stall an engine.

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