Thursday, December 04, 2014

Incident occurred December 04, 2014 at Burlington International Airport (KBTV), Vermont

A plane carrying 52 people had to turn around and make an emergency landing at Burlington International Airport after a bird hit and damaged the plane's windshield Thursday afternoon, the South Burlington Fire Department said.

The United Airlines flight 4331 was 40 miles away from the airport when the incident occurred at 2:31 p.m. No one was injured in the incident as the airplane landed safely at the airport about 15 minutes later, fire department Capt. Sacha Lascala said.

The plane, an ExpressJet, was en route to Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia, said airport Director of Operations Kelly Colling.

Damage was visible to the windshield once the plane landed, Lascala said. Colling said that the windshield, "looked like it was shattered, but intact."

Fire crews from Burlington, South Burlington, and Williston responded to the scene, Lascala said. Emergency crews were called off the scene at 2:51 p.m., Lascala said.

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