Transcript for JetBlue Says ‘Bird Strike’ to Blame for Plane Engine Fire
We're going to turn to that air scare, an aborted takeoff in Puerto Rico, passengers and crew evacuating the burning plane with slides. The airline saying a bird strike is to blame. How common are they? Here's ABC Mara schiavocampo tonight. Reporter: For the Schiano family, landing at JFK this morning marked the end of a harrowing journey. Sglit. It was touch and go. Reporter: They were among the 186 passengers and crew members on this jetblue flight, an engine catching fire as the plane sped down the runway on a routine takeoff from San Juan, Puerto Rico to New York's JFK airport Saturday evening. People were screaming and trying to burst open the emergency exit with their arms. Reporter: That blaze forced the jet to abort takeoff. Everyone on board evacuated on inflatable emergency slides. Tonight jet blue confirms that engine fire was caused by a bird strike. While fires like this one are rare, bird strikes are a relatively common hazard. According to the FAA, a record 10,726 were reported in the U.S. In 2012. Early this year a pilot in Florida captured the moment a bird smashed into his cockpit. In the miracle on the Hudson a double bird strike took out both engines. The majority happen during takeoff and landing so arts around the country take a number of steps to keep wildlife away from scaring them off with boggs to cutting the grass more often, making it less attractive for birds and safer for planes. Now to an image being repeated across this country,
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