American Airlines makes emergency landing at San Jose airport after striking bird


An American Airlines flight had to return to Mineta San Jose International Airport for an emergency landing shortly after the plane struck a bird during takeoff this morning, an airport spokeswoman said.

American Airlines Flight 1118 was bound for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and took off at 6:20 a.m. from San Jose, airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes said.

However, minutes later the aircraft struck a bird, disabling the plane’s No. 2 engine, Barnes said.

The plane was able to safely turn around and land at the San Jose airport at 6:42 a.m. with no injuries reported on board, Barnes said.

The plane was able to taxi to a gate and its passengers will be accommodated on another flight to their destination, according to Barnes.

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