PITTSBURGH FLIGHT TURNS BACK TO PHL AFTER BIRD STRIKE
PITTSBURGH -- A Pittsburgh-bound plane returned to Philadelphia International Airport minutes after takeoff Thursday because of a bird strike.
"All of a sudden it was just like, 'woo,' and I was like, 'What was that?'" said passenger Janet Shockey.
"I thought, 'that couldn't be good,'" said fellow passenger Eris Symms.
US Airways spokesman Derek Hanna said Flight 739 took off from Philadelphia at 3:50 p.m.
Hanna said the crew decided to return to the airport 16 minutes later because a bird may have hit an engine.
"The pilot said, 'We're going to go back because we've had a problem with one of our engines,'" said Shockey.
The A320 aircraft had been carrying 140 passengers and five crew members.
"They reassured everybody right away that they had full engines and we were just turning around for safety reasons," said passenger Maryellen Stumbaugh.
Hanna said the passengers were flown to Pittsburgh International Airport on a different aircraft.
Passengers told Channel 4 Action News' Ari Hait that the pilot informed them of the bird strike while on their second flight to Pittsburgh.
"There was no panic by the pilots or the crew," said passenger Kathy Sikora.
Some passengers said the incident had them rethinking future travel plans.
"I'm glad to be here. I have another trip planned for December that I'm considering driving to," said Symms.
Others were feeling lucky having survived the incident.
"We're heading directly to the Rivers Casino because we've got good luck going for us right now," said Shockey.
Source - 4ABC