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JetBlue Flight Emergency Landing Made After Bird Strike

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A JetBlue airplane sits on the tarmac waiting for take off at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington County, Virginia, on Jan. 24, 2017. (DANIEL SLIM/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 18 May 2017 08:50 AM

A JetBlue flight made an emergency landing late Wednesday after the plane hit a bird while traveling to New York.

Flight 1808 from Washington to New York returned to Dulles International Airport just 15 minutes into the flight Wednesday night after the pilot said there had been an emergency, according to CBS News.

Passengers said, at one point, they heard noise coming from the engine, CBS New York reported.

"Amazing impact and the noise," said passenger Luis Ortiz, according to the station. "Immediately everyone felt the jolt and everyone knew there was something wrong."

The pilot told passengers that they were turning around and that they would have to brace for impact during their emergency landing.

"When he mentioned there was an issue with the landing gear, we got a little hysterical," Ortiz said.

"Landing was very turbulent, extremely rough. Bouncing around," Ortiz added.

Despite those alarming remarks, the plane landed safely at about 10 p.m.

The Metro Washington Airports Authority’s Fire and Rescue unit responded to the emergency.

The unit determined that there had been a fuel leak on the plane, as a result of the bird strike, according to Fox 5 News.

After determining that, the MWAA said foam was used to contain the leak.

"As soon as we landed, the fire department was there and immediately started foaming the engines and all the fuel spillage that was on the tarmac," Ortiz said, according to CBS New York. "It was really an emotional experience. Thank God the pilot got us there safely."


All passengers who were aboard the plane were transported safely from the aircraft to the concourse gate and there were no reported injuries.

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