Plane makes emergency landing at JFK Airport after birdstrike

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QUEEN, N.Y. (PIX11) -- A passenger plane was forced to make an emergency landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport Tuesday after it struck a flock of geese shortly after take off, officials said.

American Airlines flight 1320 slammed into the flock shortly after take off at about 8:50 a.m., according to a spokesman with the Federal Aviation Administration.

The pilot declared an emergency and headed back to the ground, landing safely on Runway 31 Left, the FAA said. No one was hurt.

"Our pilots are well-trained to handle incidents such as these," a spokesperson with the airline said.

The Boeing 757 carrying 126 passengers and seven crew members was headed to Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, the FAA said. Those passengers have been rescheduled to depart from New York on another plane at 2 p.m., according to a statement from American Airlines.

An investigation is underway, the FAA said.

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