NY plane lands after bird strike

June 30, 2009 9:16:05 AM PDT
The Federal Aviation Administration says an American Airlines flight landed safely at New York's LaGuardia Airport after reporting a bird strike. FAA spokeswoman Arlene Salac (SAY'-lak) says a bird strike was reported by Flight 1256 at 900 feet shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday.

After landing safely, the inbound Boeing 737 was taxiing when it reported trouble with the nose gear and had to be towed to the gate.

Salac says FAA inspectors are looking at the aircraft. They do not yet know where the birds struck it. The number of passengers and the flight's origin were not immediately known.

A bird strike was responsible for the dramatic landing of a jetliner in the Hudson River last winter. All aboard survived.

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