The footage posted by RightThisMinute
was filmed by one of the passengers during the takeoff. The footage shows a flock of birds flying past the window before striking the plane's right engine.
According to ABC News
, Delta Flight 1063 was headed for Los Angeles but was forced to return to JFK after its right engine was hit by birds shortly after takeoff. According to a statement by Delta: “On takeoff, the airplane had a likely bird strike. As a precaution, the captain elected to return to JFK. The flight landed without incident, and we’re working on reaccomodating the passengers.”
A passenger, Grant Cardone, said: “That was the scariest thing I have ever done in my life. [The] plane shook, I thought we were coming down.”
Ali Velshi, who was on the flight, said passengers heard a "a loud grinding noise," and after that the cabin filled with smoke. Velshi said
: "We took off. It was seconds into the takeoff and there was a loud grinding noise and the plane started shaking a little bit. Much more of a shake than you would typically hear when they’re retracting the landing gear. Moments later, the cabin started filling with smoke." Velshi continued: "It was unclear what was going on. The captain then came on a few minutes later and it appears that there had been a bird strike and he then turned back and it looked like we did a fly bye for the inspection and we were landing back JFK, not much longer after we took off."
According to The Washington Post
, the the Boeing 757 carrying 172 passengers and seven crew members landed safely.
reports jets are tested to make sure they can take hits from birds, and according to Paul Eschenfelder, wildlife specialist at the Air Line Pilots Association, the largest bird engines are currently designed to take is a four-pound bird.
There have been 2,586 cases of birds hitting a plane at JFK Airport since January 1, 1990, ABC News