JetBlue flight reports bird strike

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- An Airbus A320 jet that aborted takeoff from Orlando, Fla., likely was hit by birds, which disabled an engine, JetBlue Airway officials said.

"We did find some damage that is consistent with a bird strike," said JetBlue spokeswoman Jenny Dervin.


No injuries were reported in the incident, which occurred before the jet left the runway Saturday, Dervin said.

The jet is the same type as the one that crash-landed in New York's Hudson River this month after birds were sucked into its engines after takeoff, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Monday.

More than 82,000 bird strikes were reported at nearly 1,600 U.S. airports from 1990 to 2007, the Sentinel reported, noting birds and other wildlife annually cause an estimated $620 million in damage to planes in the United States.

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