Flight aborted after eagle sucked into plane's engine
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska Airlines says a flight was aborted after an eagle was sucked into the jet's engine as the aircraft was taking off from a small southeast Alaska town.
Airline spokesman Paul McElroy says Seattle-bound Flight 68 was approaching takeoff speed when the eagle was ingested into the left engine shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday in Sitka.
None of the 134 passengers or five crew members was hurt. The collision automatically shut off the plane's engine.
McElroy says the jet braked to a stop about 3,000 feet from the end of the 6,500-foot runway, then taxied back to the terminal with its single working engine.
The airline was sending a replacement plane from Anchorage to continue the flight later Sunday.