April 19th, 2012
06:35 PM ET

Delta flight makes emergency landing at New York's JFK

A Delta Air Lines flight made an emergency landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Thursday afternoon after encountering an engine problem the pilot said was caused by a bird strike shortly after takeoff.

"We lost our right engine due to the ingestion of birds," the pilot told the control tower.

Delta Flight 1063’s pilots told air traffic controllers of an engine-related problem shortly after the Los Angeles-bound plane took off from JFK around 3 p.m., FAA spokesman Jim Peters said.

“As a measure of caution, the pilot chose to turn around” and landed the Boeing 757 at JFK, Delta spokesman Anthony Black said. All 172 passengers and seven crew members were OK, he said.

Delta needs to examine the engine before a bird strike could be confirmed, Black said.

Ali Velshi, CNN's chief business correspondent, was on the plane. He  said he heard “a horrible grinding noise” after the plane took off.

The aircraft started shaking, and smoke could be seen in the cockpit area, Velshi said.

Passengers were waiting Thursday afternoon for alternative travel arrangements, Black said.

Bird strikes are relatively common and do not always damage jet engines, although large birds or flocks of birds can seriously harm planes and engines.

Most famously, in 2009, a flock of geese damaged both engines on US Airways flight 1549, forcing the crew to land the plane in New York's Hudson River. All 155 people on the plane survived.

soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. wildone

    I saw a guy get sucked into a jet engine on LOST (beginning episode, I think). (I was surprised that "Jack" didn't try to put him back together.)

    April 20, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Turbine

      There's video somewhere of a guy on an aircraft carrier getting sucked into an F-14's engine while standing next to it. He actually lived.

      April 20, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mike

    Im just saying. ALL electronics devices should have been off durring the take off..

    April 20, 2012 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Erik

      That's only for Alec Baldwin. Besides, it isn't like the the fact that birds hitting the engine was in any way caused by active electronics.

      April 20, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. Stubbs

    And in other news... Water is wet.

    We've been flying for a century or so. Birds have been flying for a bit longer than that. Birdstrikes happen every single day all over the world and modern aircraft are designed to fly on one engine. I've worked at an airport for 13 years and have dealt with hundreds of birdstrikes with zero fatalities. So relax, everyone.

    April 20, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. chuck

    What about the safety of the flight. Why was the electronic device used for the filming on?

    April 20, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. chuck

    all elctronic devices are to be off during take off landing and achieving 18,000.00 feet either directiojn!!!!!

    April 20, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. Greg Atkins

    While I was in the Air Force, I know of and have seen a few planes get bird strikes. One I was in was a B-52. We flew into a flock of geese. It took out 2 engines, went through the infared camera and hit so hard that even went into the wings. It took days to repair all the damage. Pilots are trained to deal with these events. Passengers dont need to be so scared. It happens a lot.

    April 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Paul Kalbach

    @ Folks are so funny...

    No need to be condescending or insulting here. Maybe you just don't recognize tongue-in-cheek. Don't take everything so seriously.

    April 20, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
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