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Pilot reported double bird strike after takeoff

An air traffic controllers union official says a US Airways pilot reported a "double bird strike" less than a minute after takeoff and was headed for an emergency landing when he ditched into the Hudson River.
National Air Traffic Controllers Union spokesman Doug Church says the Airbus 320 reported the bird strikes about 30 to 45 seconds after takeoff from New York's LaGuardia Airport and asked to return to the ground. As the controller began to turn the aircraft, the pilot radioed that he saw an airport below him and asked what it was.
Church said the controller "That's Teterboro" in nearby New Jersey. The pilot asked to land there. The last transmission between the pilot and controller was the controller's order to divert to Teterboro for an emergency landing.

Updated : 2021-07-30 13:01 GMT+08:00