Plane leaving Charleston International strikes flock of birds

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - No more than two miles from Charleston International and at 3,000 feet, a plane struck a flock of birds Tuesday.

According to Becky Beaman, spokesperson for the Charleston County Aviation Authority, the Delta flight headed for New York was forced to turn around and head back to the airport. No one was injured in the accident.

A representative for the airline released the following statement:

"Shuttle America-operated Delta Air Lines Flight 5972 was scheduled to depart Charleston for New York LaGuardia (LGA) at 2:36pm; actual departure was 2:34pm. The aircraft, an Embraer 170, had a number 2, or right engine, bird strike on takeoff. I am not able to confirm your "2 miles out" estimate. There were 63 passengers on board with four crew members. The Shuttle America flight crew performed as trained; they did not declare an emergency and returned safely to the gate. Passengers and crew were never in any danger. The passengers were reaccommodated on other flights to LGA. The aircraft is out of service while the engine is being examined for any signs of damage."

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