Bird strike forces flight emergency

A Las Vegas bound JetBlue flight with 144 passengers onboard was forced to reroute and fly at an extremely low altitude after birds struck the plane's left engine.
1:52 | 10/24/17

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We move to a bird strike that forced a jetblue flight to flow at a low altitude and diverted to a new location and David Kerley is at Los Angeles international airport with the story. Good morning, David. Reporter: Good morning, George. The pilots knew they hit a good size bird when they took off from the airport. But they didn't want to land immediately because their a-320 was heavy with fuel. Overnight a jetblue aircraft took off right into trouble. We felt a pretty good jolt. Reporter: The Boston to las vegas-bound jet struck a flock of birds with its left engine. The flight with 144 passengers declares an emergency, attempts to return back to Boston but is denied because of weather. Instead, the flight rerouted to New York's JFK forced to fly at a low altitude of just 3700 feet. This flight radar image showing the plane as it heads towards JFK but then it's caught in a holding pattern for nearly an hour. With bird flocks increasing in size in recent years so have the number of bird striebls. On touchdown we had a bird strike. Reporter: In 2016 birds hit this jetblue plane and two hours later birds ran into a Singapore a380 one of the largest jets flying. There's a big flock of birds. Reporter: Of course, the most famous bird strike of all, resulted in what is called a miracle. Hit birds. We've lost thrust on both engines. Reporter: When sully sullenburgary jet took off he lost both engines to bird strikes landing in the Hudson river. When this incident yesterday the reason they circled JFK was to burn off fuel. The diverse was out of an abundance of caution and all the passengers were reaccommodated. Robin. Glad everything worked out. All right there, David, thank you.

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