Published on : Thursday, March 9, 2017
A flight of United Airlines had to go for an emergency landing on Wednesday after the aircraft had been struck by a bird a short while after it had taken off. However, no injuries have been reported, according to an airline official.
United Flight 164 had left Tampa International Airport.
It was heading towards Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport around 7.40 a.m. and had returned after what was later detected to be a bird strike, as per the account of company spokesman Charlie Hobart.
But then, the plane was able to make a perfectly safe landing and so no injuries were reported.
This incident was much less dramatic than the bird strike that had occurred in the year 2009. During this incident, Sully Sullenberger, the Captain had guided the U.S. Airways flight to an emergency water landing in New York City, on the Hudson River. The two engines of that plane had lost balance when it collided with a flock of Canada geese after it had taken off from LaGuardia Airport of New York.
Bird strikes are common in commercial flights but then hardly any of them result in catastrophe.
On Wednesday, the ground cruisers would conduct an inspection of the aircraft to observe if the same plane can be utilized to accommodate the passengers who are affected on account of the incident, said Hobart.