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Bird strike forces JetBlue plane to return to Westchester County Airport

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Geese hit a JetBlue plane after takeoff from Westchester airport. Geese hit a JetBlue plane after takeoff from Westchester airport.
Geese hit a JetBlue plane after takeoff from Westchester airport. Geese hit a JetBlue plane after takeoff from Westchester airport.
Geese hit a JetBlue plane after takeoff from Westchester airport. Geese hit a JetBlue plane after takeoff from Westchester airport.

A Jet Blue plane taking off from Westchester County Airport hit some birds and had to make an emergency landing, according to reports.

The flight 571, an Embraer 170 regional jet, was heading to West Palm Beach, Fla., when two geese slammed into the plane head on shortly after takeoff, the airline confirmed.

"We got to come back. We hit two big geese," a pilot radioed to air controllers just after the plane lifted off about 6:45 p.m., according to the New York Post. "We are declaring an emergency."

"Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of the passengers and crew onboard, the captain elected to return to the gate," JetBlue said in a statement. "The flight landed safely without incident in Westchester County."

The plane had 54 passengers and four crew members on board.

JetBlue said it was swapping out the jet and that the flight will then depart for West Palm Beach.

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