pair of pilots are counting their blessings, after two separate
bird strikes on takeoff -- one in Florida, the other near Salt Lake
KSL-5 reports a single-engine Cessna hit a flock of birds
shortly after takeoff Sunday afternoon from Salt Lake City
International Airport. Airport spokeswoman Barbara Gann said the
aircraft turned back to the airport after one bird struck the
windscreen, a second hitting one of the plane's wings.
The aircraft safely landed back at SLC, and after a short
checkout to verify there wasn't any damage took off again to
continue on to its destination.
Things were a bit more serious when a Cessna 402 struck a turkey
vulture on takeoff from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International
Airport (FLL) Monday. The aircraft circled back to the airport, and
made a safe emergency landing... with the large bird still embedded
in the left windshield.
The pilot wasn't seriously injured, reports WPLG-10.
"He obviously handled the situation very well, bringing that
aircraft back to the runway," said Mike Jachles of Broward
Sheriff's Fire Rescue.