Last updated: 01:25 PM ET, Mon July 04 2016

Flight En Route to LA Makes Emergency Landing After Bird Strike

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | July 04, 2016

Flight En Route to LA Makes Emergency Landing After Bird Strike

Photo courtesy of United Airlines

On Monday, a United Airlines flight from Australia to Los Angeles was forced to make an emergency landing shortly after takeoff when the plane struck at least one bird which caused damage to the aircraft.

According to, United Airlines Flight 840 departed from Sydney Airport en route to Los Angeles International Airport when the plane struck a bird about 30 minutes into the Trans-Pacific trip and was forced to return to the Australian airport.

United Airlines released a statement saying no passengers or crew members were injured during the incident, but emergency personnel were called to the scene as a precautionary measure. The plane has been taken out of service as workers begin repairs, although the extent of the damage was not released.

Passengers impacted by the emergency landing have been rebooked on another United Airlines flight leaving Sydney Tuesday.

“We were only in the flight maybe 30 minutes,” one of the passengers aboard the plane, Anne Hankins, told The Associated Press. “[The] pilot came on and said that people in the front had seen birds, and that the pilot had seen birds, a flock of birds flew into both engines, and so they were going to turn us around and come back but it would take about 45 minutes. People I mean were obviously nervous but very, very calm on the flight. They prepared everybody and said this is just a precaution and the plane landed smoothly.”


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