Bird Strike Forces Washington-Bound Delta Flight to Turn Around

By Kurt Stolz on 10 May 2021
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Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

A Delta Air Lines fight bound for Washington, D.C. from Atlanta Sunday night was forced to turn around shortly after takeoff after striking a flock of birds.

The aircraft returned to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport “after coming in contact with birds during takeoff,” the airline said.

Delta Flight 2281 had departed Atlanta for the nation’s capital at 9:49 p.m.  After encountering the bird strike, it returned to Hartsfield-Jackson at 10:36 p.m., after 47 minutes in the air, according to FlightAware, a service that tracks such data.

After identifying the aircraft to air traffic controllers, the pilot said, “Just had a bird strike.”  “Do you want to declare an emergency,” a controller asked. “Yea, we gonna have to turn back. We’ve got a cracked windshield. We’re going to be declaring an emergency and fly back to Atlanta.”

The pilot told air-traffic controllers that he did not need to burn fuel in order to land.  The aircraft had 14,100 pounds of fuel on board.

The airline, meanwhile, said it had worked  “to reaccomodate customers on an alternate aircraft to Washington D.C.”

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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