Trapped bird gives plane chicken smell

May 15, 2011 at 2:44 PM

NEW YORK, May 15 (UPI) -- A bird drawn into the engine of a plane taking off in New York made the cabin smell like chicken was being cooked, passengers said.

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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