JetBlue flight encounters bird strike after takeoff

Dignitaries and firefighters attend the ribbon cutting of the new fire station for the Buffalo Niagara International Airport Fire Department on August 23, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA – A JetBlue flight had to return to Buffalo after declaring an emergency shortly after takeoff Thursday morning.

JetBlue flight 2216 sustained a bird strike 10-minutes after leaving Buffalo Niagara International Airport bound for Boston NFTA Spokesperson Helen Tederous says.

The flight landed safely at BNIA under emergency conditions around 6:15 am.

This is a developing story.

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