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. banasy©

    Let's hear it for Captain Sully!

    Glad that everyone is OK.

    April 19, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 23 from texas

    I dont like all this fowl language! haha get it? lol

    April 19, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. fangpi

    "As a measure of caution the pilot chose to turn around???" How about "in accordance with proper procedure!" An airline Captain with an engine problem "choosing" to continue a flight and NOT turn around and land with 10,000+ feet of concrete available would very shortly be either a dead, or unemployed pilot!

    April 19, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rainman

      Depending on where he was, he could have gone to an alternate airport...

      April 20, 2012 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Erik

      You read WAY too much into that. Who says the procedure wasn't designed due to a measure of caution? For that matter, why do you expect soundbites and things people say in a stressful situation to be immune to being picked apart by people like you who over-analyze things? I know, because I do it too but really....

      April 20, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. Eric

    Everyone can be glad it was a Boeing

    April 19, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Think again...

      Why?? Airbus gets their engines from the same manufacturers as Boeing...

      April 19, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jose

    How long was Ali held for questioning for possible terrorism activities?

    April 19, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. damagon

    If birds didn't taste so good planes wouldn't eat them

    April 19, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • ally buster

      I hear that all meals on Delta tomorrow will be......chicken!

      April 20, 2012 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    One quickie before I go to bed... I just read that the original Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows has died.
    I remember watching this as a little girl with all my sibilings... 🙂
    Scary guy for a 6 yr old tho.

    April 19, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Jonathan Frid died? Awwww.

      Yeah, I even remember his name, cheesy, I know.
      Awesom show, though.

      April 20, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. cindy kennamann

    typo.... engine program??? i think they mean to type engine problem. Come on... who writes these articles?? 5 year olds???

    April 20, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joe the Plumber

    Delta's spokesman sounds like an idiot for trying to make it sound like the pilots decided to be cautious in choosing to land. You can't fly from NY to LA with one engine out. They are just lucky they were able to land quickly and safely.

    April 20, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • jack

      you can continue to fly, with one engine he could get half way to LA, he could have changed planes in the midwest somewhere.

      April 20, 2012 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. jack

    stupid birds, can't believe they can't get out of the way of a huge, noisy jet aircraft.

    April 20, 2012 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      I'm sure they would, but with engines on full throttle, they kind of get sucked in.

      April 20, 2012 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
  11. F T

    I've hit a bird before...they call it "airport wildlife control". No way to avoid it.

    April 20, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. Paul Kalbach

    Why don't they just install a grid over the engine intake that will keep the birds out, but not small enough that will decrease engine efficiency/performance? Jeeezzz....it's not rocket science! Yes, you can mail me my royalty checks.

    April 20, 2012 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Folks are so funny...


      Paul, there *is* no "small enough" if you're talking about putting a "screen" over the front of a jet engine. One or two birds (or anything else) hitting it–and now you've got crap (bird corpses, ice, you-name-it WRAPPED IN A METAL SCREEN getting sucked into the engine. This would NOT be an improvement. No checks for you. And please continue to stay away from anything resembling a book or a classroom. You'll be fine.

      April 20, 2012 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
    • kampercam

      lol even better! A busted "grid" wouldn't cause any problems at all... *Rolls eyes*

      April 20, 2012 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Erik

      It's been studied. It's unworkable if you actually want the plane to take off.

      April 20, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. Shouldn't be long now

    Waiting for PETA to raise its ugly head...

    April 20, 2012 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. kampercam

    Why don't they just take the engines off the planes?

    April 20, 2012 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
  15. Bill

    Years ago, I lived 2 doors down from a Continental pilot, who went through retraining to get type rated on the 757's. When he got back from 4-1/2 months of training, he was telling me how awesome this new bird from Boeing was, and remarked that he could be on his takeoff roll, past the point of no return (when it's safer to take off than to try to brake to a stop, if something happens to the jet), with a full load of passengers, cargo & fuel, and lose an engine.......and then firewall the other engine, and still have enough power to take off safely, circle around to dump fuel, and land safely.

    Well done to the flight crew, and well done to Boeing, for making such an awesome flight machine!

    April 20, 2012 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      "Flight machine"? OK Orville. (KIdding...good story Bill)

      April 20, 2012 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
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