Emergency landing of American Airlines plane hit by flock of birds is the fourth close call in three weeks

(SOURCE)  An American Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing after it was hit by a flock of birds. 

The AA Boeing 777-200 was taking off from Chicago’s O’Hare airport when it was struck by birds on Saturday.

The close call is the fourth time the U.S. airline has had to make an unscheduled landing in just three weeks.

 
The American Airlines Boeing 777 was forced to make an emergency landing at Chicago's O'Hare airport after hitting a flock of birds whe

The American Airlines Boeing 777 was forced to make an emergency landing at Chicago’s O’Hare airport after hitting a flock of birds when it took off en route to Shanghai (file picture)

 All four passenger planes landed safely.

The captain of the Shanghai-bound flight on Saturday declared an emergency after the bird strike and returned to the airport.

 Five ambulances were sent to the scene as a precaution by the Chicago Fire Department but it landed safely.

There were no reports of injuries to the 237 passengers or 15 crew on board and customers were scheduled for a later flight.

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Booking system for at least 4 airlines goes down

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The systems of American, Virgin Australia, Jet Blue and Alaska Air have gone down, inconveniencing travelers.
Posted: August 5, 2013 AT 10:30 PM (PST)
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On August 5, Virgin Australia, Jet Blue, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines booking computer systems went down. The airlines are apologizing on Twitter for the inconvenience.
 
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“There is a system wide outage affecting all Sabre carriers.”

– David Stewart, head of Corporate Security department of Virgin America
Through Twitter, Stewart said the outage was caused by Sabre. It is unconfirmed if any or all of the other airlines also use the computer system.
 
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