A Delta flight from Atlanta to Washington was forced to make an emergency landing after a bird hit the cockpit windshield just after take off.
“Departure Delta 2281 yeah we’re going to have to turn back. We’ve got a cracked windshield. We’re going to be declaring an emergency and back to Atlanta” one of the pilots reported.
The Airbus A320 returned to Atlanta with a cracked windshield.
Flight 2281 was originally scheduled to land at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, but due to airport restrictions, was rescheduled to land at Washington Dulles International Airport.
No one was injured in the emergency.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), there are around 15,000 bird strikes reported every year. About 5% of them causes damage to the aircraft.