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Bird Strike Causes Airplane to Make Emergency Landing at LAX

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On Monday, November 8, 2010, an airplane had to make an emergency landing at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) after a bird strike damaged it.

The Horizon Air turboprop was in route from Redding to Los Angeles, when the airplane collided with birds and had to make an emergency landing. The bird strike occurred near Dodger Stadium at an altitude of 6,600 feet. The birds caused damage to the fuel tank and right wing of the plane. Ian Gregor, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman, said that “the damage to the twin-engine Bombardier DASH-8 was so severe the incident is being classified as an accident and will be investigated by the FAA.”

Horizon Air flight 306 had 73 passengers aboard. There were no reports of injuries during this aviation accident, and the plane touched down safely at LAX around 2 p.m.

According to the Los Angeles Times, there were 940 reports of bird and other animal strikes at LAX from 1990 to 2008, as stated in Federal records.

We are glad to hear that there were no injuries during this Los Angeles airplane accident and that the plane was able to make a safe emergency landing.

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