Bird Strike Forces Emergency Landing in Los Angeles

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A plane with 73 passengers on board was forced to make an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday after a bird strike.

Horizon Air Flight 306 landed safely around 2 p.m. after the right wing and fuel tank were damaged after a collision with a bird of perhaps several birds at an altitude of about 6,600 feet. The plane, a twin-engine Bombardier DASH-8 en route from Redding to Los Angeles, was near Dodger Stadium when the incident occurred.

Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, told the L.A. Times the damage was so severe the incident is being classified as an accident and will need to be investigated by the FAA.

According to federal records released last year, there were more than 112,000 reports of birds or other animals hitting aircraft between 1990 and November 2008.

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