SAN JOSE, Calif. (KTVU) -- An American Airlines flight had to return to Mineta San Jose International Airport for an emergency landing shortly after the plane struck a bird during takeoff Friday morning, an airport spokeswoman said.
American Airlines Flight 1118 departed from San Jose at 6:20 a.m. headed for Dallas, but passengers said about five minutes into the flight they heard a loud boom. Some near the windows saw sparks fly. The pilot announced that a bird had just struck one of the engines.
The plane turned around and landed safely, but fire trucks were waiting on the tarmac as a precaution.
Exclusive video from KTVU's rooftop camera in San Jose showed the American Airlines MD 80 making its emergency landing at around 6:45 a.m. Friday morning.
There were no injuries reported on board, airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes said.
The plane was able to taxi to a gate and its passengers will be accommodated on another flight to their destination, according to Barnes.
The plane was being inspected by engineers and the incident will be investigated.
Passengers told KTVU that while they were glad the plane landed safely, they were frustrated because not enough people were manning the American Airlines ticket counter to help them get onto another flight to Dallas.An airport spokeswoman said this is the time of year that birds are migrating, so bird strikes like Friday morning’s incident are not unexpected. The airport has several tactics they use to deal with the birds in the area.