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Coast Guard plane returns after bird-strike in N.H.

Dec. 30, 2013 - 05:34PM   |  
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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — A Coast Guard plane hit birds while taking off at New Hampshire’s Portsmouth International Airport at Pease and had to make an unscheduled landing.

Airport Manager Bill Hopper says eight crewmembers were aboard the CN-235, a twin turboprop plane, when it departed around 11 a.m. Monday.

It hit some snow buntings and the pilot turned the flight around to check for damage. No damage was discovered and the plane was soon underway.

Hopper says the pilot “made a good choice.” The airport has a wildlife plan to reduce the chance of bird-strikes, including inspections and the use of pyrotechnics to scare birds off.

It was a bird-strike that forced Capt. Chesley Sullenberger to put United Flight 1549 down in New York’s Hudson River in January 2009. All 155 people aboard survived.

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