An American Airlines jet bound for Seattle safely returned to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport after a bird strike and another bound for Boston made an unscheduled stop in Orlando after the aircraft's windshield cracked.
American spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said Wednesday that nobody on either flight was hurt.
Huguely says Flight 1017 was carrying 182 passengers and a six-person crew Tuesday afternoon. Huguely says the bird strike involved the left engine and that the plane returned to DFW airport. She had no details on damage to the twin-engine jet, which was taken out of service for inspection.
Passengers were put on another plane and arrived Tuesday night at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
The Dallas Morning News reports the passengers included several Dallas City Council members heading to a National League of Cities conference. Councilman Philip Kingston says the left engine apparently hit the bird and was vibrating.
Also on Tuesday, American Airlines Flight 160 from Miami to Boston landed in Orlando after the pilot's double-paned windshield cracked while the plane was in flight.
Huguely says a cracked windshield "doesn't happen a lot, but it does happen on occasion." It wasn't immediately clear what caused the crack.
The plane landed in Orlando with 156 passengers and crew members on board. No injuries were reported.
Huguely says the passengers boarded another aircraft that landed in Boston early Wednesday. The aircraft with the cracked windshield was pulled out of service for repairs.
First published November 13 2013, 9:48 AM