Bird-Hit Flight Makes Emergency Landing at US Airport

28 February 2011 (Last Updated February 28th, 2011 18:30)

A Continental Airlines flight carrying 44 passengers made an emergency landing at Washington Dulles International Airport in the US, following a bird strike shortly after take-off. Continental spokesperson Macky Osorio said the Boeing 737-800 took off from Ronald Reagan Washington Natio

A Continental Airlines flight carrying 44 passengers made an emergency landing at Washington Dulles International Airport in the US, following a bird strike shortly after take-off.

Continental spokesperson Macky Osorio said the Boeing 737-800 took off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in the US and experienced left engine failure after striking a bird.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane landed without any incident at Dulles airport and taxied to the terminal under its own power.

Planes with major in-flight difficulties are always diverted to Dulles airport because it is equipped with longer runways, reports CNN.