Redding-bound plane struck by birds
By David Benda
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
A Horizon Air twin-engine turbo prop bound for Redding with 73 people aboard had to make an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday after being struck by birds, a Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday.
Ian Gregor, a FAA spokesman, said damage to the plane’s right wing and right engine was so severe that the incident is being classified as an accident and will be investigated by the FAA.
Gregor did not know what species or how many birds hit the plane.
“The remains will be sent to a lab for DNA testing,” Gregor said.
The plane landed safely in Los Angeles early Monday afternoon. There were no injuries.
A Horizon Air spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a phone message Tuesday afternoon.
Gregor said the plane was about 6,000 feet in the air when the incident occurred near Dodger Stadium.
“Obviously we are going to look at the degree of damage, how the flight crew responded,” Gregor said.
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