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American Airlines flight forced to land after hitting flock of geese

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An American Airlines flight bound for LaGuardia Airport was forced to turn around on Sunday — after hitting a flock of geese.

The pilot on Flight 2163 reported striking a bird during takeoff from Boston’s Logan International Airport at around 10:08 a.m. The plane circled around and landed back at the Boston airport within 11 minutes, the airline said.

An image posted on Twitter shows what looks like a streak of blood on the cockpit window.

“A first for me in something like 4 million air miles. We hit a goose on takeoff and the skilled @americanair pilots brought us back for an emergency landing,” wrote David Meerman Scott, who posted the image.

All 99 passengers were put on an another flight that landed in New York at 12:39 p.m, according to an airline spokesperson. Four crewmembers were also on board.

The plane, an Embraer E190 aircraft, was inspected, cleared and put back into rotation, the airline said. The pilots will also be manning other flights Sunday.

A flight to LaGuardia in 2009 struck a flock of Canada geese and lost all engine power, leading to a safe landing at sea dubbed the “Miracle on the Hudson.”

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