The Associated Press: Continental flight strikes birds, is forced to return to Newark airport
Two jetliners crossed paths with flocks of Canada geese shortly after taking off from airports on consecutive days in New York and New Jersey, and the collisions with the large birds forced the pilots to make emergency landings. No one was hurt. A US Airways jet headed to Charlotte, N.C., with 124 passengers and a crew of five struck several geese this morning about two minutes after leaving Rochester's airport in upstate New York. The pilot reported a problem with one of the two engines, and the plane turned back, officials said. Passengers said they heard a loud noise followed by the smell of burning.