JetBlue Flight 757 to Aruba, with 109 people aboard, returned to John F. Kennedy International Airport and landed safely at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, the airline told The New York Post.
"Suddenly the plane smelled like chicken," said passenger Gina Vicinanza. "I thought, 'Wow! They have hot food on this plane.' "
"It smelled like burned turkey," said passenger J.R. Meceli.
JetBlue spokesman Alex Headrick said the passengers and crew were taken off the Airbus A320 and put on a flight that took off shortly after 3 p.m.
At least 13 bird encounters with planes have occurred at the airport this year, Federal Aviation Administration records show.
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