CHICAGO (TOC) — A airplane hit a chicken because it was taking off from O’Hare Worldwide Airport Friday morning, aviation officers stated.
United Flight #1930 was headed to Miami when it hit the chicken shortly after departure, a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration stated. The flight then returned to the airport and landed with out incident round 11:15 a.m.
“I regarded out the window and I noticed the airplane,” witness Alison Doshen stated, “and you possibly can see the one jet engine was on hearth and the sound coming from it was extraordinarily loud.”
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Doshen was at work in Elmhurst when she stated she heard the pops and cracks and noticed flames capturing from the left engine.
“Rapid panic and shock,” she stated. “I could not get to my cellphone to report something as a result of I could not cease it, attempting to determine the place it was going or the place it was coming from. It was fairly scary to see.”
Chris McCullough lives simply south of the airport in Bensenville and likewise witnessed the engine hearth.
“We heard this large rumble. It simply shook the home,” McCullough stated. “It was already capturing out golden flames, alternating second by second. One second there can be a flame that will shoot out, then there can be a second the place it would not, then it will reignite.”
United releasing a press release this afternoon saying quote:
“United Flight 1930 returned to Chicago after experiencing a chicken strike shortly after take-off. The plane landed safely and passengers deplaned on the gate. We’ve got assigned a brand new plane to function this flight, estimated to depart shortly.”
Witnesses have been simply grateful the crew and passengers are secure.
“It was a shock to see, I’ve by no means seen something like that earlier than however I am glad everybody onboard is secure, Goshen stated.
“Not solely did they assist these passengers, however they helped the individuals on the bottom once they acquired that airplane again safely,” McCullough stated.
The FAA stated it’s investigating the incident. No accidents have been reported.
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