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JetBlue Flights Suffer Bird Strikes in 2 Consecutive Days

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Jan. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Two JetBlue Airways Corp. flights suffered bird strikes during takeoff and had to return to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in consecutive days, the company said.

Flight 721 bound for Nassau in the Bahamas took off at 9:59 a.m. today and returned to the airport after striking a bird, said spokeswoman Tamara Bentham. The plane was scheduled to arrive in the Bahamas this afternoon, according to the JetBlue website. Flight 831 bound for Santiago in the Dominican Republic returned to JFK after striking a bird as it took off yesterday afternoon.

“In my experience, this is not a common occurrence for us,” Bentham said. There was no significant damage to either of the planes, she said.

Four years ago this month, Captain Chesley Sullenberger III safely landed a US Airways Group Inc. plane on the water in an incident that became known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.” A flock of geese struck the plane about 90 seconds after takeoff, forcing an emergency landing on the Hudson River. All on board survived.

The New York Post first reported the JetBlue bird strikes.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dan Hart in Washington at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Sylvia Wier at

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