This morning, a Delta flight that took off from Laguardia Airport, headed toward Boston, was forced to land after a bird strike. NYC Aviation reports, "A Delta Air Lines Airbus A319 suffered an engine failure after hitting a bird over New York late Thursday morning. The flight made an emergency landing 20 minutes later without incident."
The plane landed safely at JFK Airport, and Delta said the 27 passengers would be flown to Boston. NYC Aviation notes that one Queens resident heard the noise, calling it a "loud bang... My wife thought it was an afterburner."
After US Airways Flight 1549 splash-landed in the Hudson River in January 2009, due to a bird strike, city officials have led the charge to cull (as in kill) geese populations near area airports. The NY Post also hates our fine-feathered friends.