The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) -An American Airlines flight made an emergency landing in St. Louis after a bird was pulled into an engine.
No injuries were reported among the 140 passengers and five crew members aboard the MD-80 jetliner bound from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to Los Angeles on Wednesday.
An American spokeswoman says the pilot noticed a bird, believed to be a red-tailed hawk, flying into the right engine as the plane took off. The plane landed a few minutes later. The passengers and crew later flew to Los Angeles on another plane.
Bird-aircraft collisions are not unusual. However, they have received added scrutiny since a US Airways flight ditched into the Hudson River in January after hitting a flock of Canada geese. All aboard survived.