By Andrea Romano
April 01, 2019
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Bird strikes, besides being upsetting in general, can throw your travel plans for a loop.

While planes hitting birds are very unlikely to cause serious issues or a crash, they can still warrant an emergency landing to assess the damage.

According to USA Today, an American Airlines flight from Boston Logan International Airport to LaGuardia Airport in New York City had to make an emergency landing after a bird strike on Sunday morning. The flight had to turn back to Boston Logan and landed safely shortly after 10 a.m. local time.

The flight had only been in the air about 11 minutes before striking the bird, according to USA Today. The plane had 99 passengers and four crew members on board at the time, according to CNBC.

One passenger, David Meerman Scott, tweeted about the incident, identifying the bird as a goose. The ordeal was “a first for me in something like 4 million air miles,” Scott said.

Bird strikes are quite rare, and often don’t disrupt flights. Sometimes, however, bird strikes can cause large amounts of damage. In 2017, a bird struck the nose of an American Airlines plane, leaving a giant dent. In the same year, another bird, unfortunately, got stuck to the fuselage of a Miami-bound American Airlines flight after a strike (the footage is not for the faint of heart).

After the strike on Sunday, the plane was taken in for routine maintenance. Passengers were able to reboard a new flight to La Guardia shortly before noon, according to USA Today.

A spokesman for the FAA, Jim Peters, told the Boston Globe that the agency is investigating the incident.

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