Bird strike diverts plane heading to Charlotte

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — US Airways officials say a flight from Key West, Fla., to Charlotte was diverted after a bird strike.

An airline spokesman says the bird strike occurred shortly after the flight took off from Key West on Friday afternoon.

For safety reasons, the pilot decided to land at Fort Myers, Fla. The airline sent a second plane from Charlotte to pick up the more than 70 passengers.

No injuries were reported.

The diverted plane was US Airways Express flight 3284. It was operated by Republic Airlines.

In 2009, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger safely landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River in New York after striking a flock of geese.

Credit: The Associated Press.