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Bird strike forces Fla.-bound JetBlue flight to land at JFK

Posted: 4:13 PM, Jun 06, 2013
Updated: 2013-06-06 17:14:40-04

NEW YORK (PIX11) – A JetBlue flight headed for Florida met a turbulence of birds shortly after take-off in White Plains, prompting the plane to station at John F. Kennedy International Airport early Thursday morning, according to the airline.

Flight 1205 that left Westchester County Airport was scheduled to arrive in Fort Myers, Florida until birds caused the flight to make a stop at JFK airport.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the aircraft diverted to John F. Kennedy airport for inspection and landed safely at 8:25 a.m.,” JetBlue said in a statement.

The low-cost airline said the passengers were placed on another flight that departed for Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Meyers and was expected to arrive early Thursday afternoon.

None of the 68 passengers aboard the aircraft were injured, according to the airline.