For the second time in less than two weeks, an airplane has been forced to land after hitting geese. The latest accident happened Tuesday, when a JetBlue plane made an emergency landing after the bird strike, according to Reuters.
Last Thursday, a flock of at least seven birds collided with another plane, which then had to return to New York's JFK Airport.
The latest accident sounded like a horrific flight for passengers.
"We took off and it was evident we hit something," one passenger told CBS News. "The plane kept swerving from left to right."
The accidents bring to mind the miraculous landing of a jet on the Hudson River three years ago. As for the recent incidents, geese were also blamed.
Planes hit geese for several reasons. These large birds can do significant damage if a plane hits one or more, or if the birds wind up in the engine. The force of impact can bend metal engine parts, as seen in this photo:
Geese also tend to gather in large populations and typically enter urban areas. Another reason for the strikes now is that spring migrations for geese and other birds are under way. Bird strikes are far more likely to occur during the spring and fall, coinciding with migrations. Depending on the species, geese fly at both higher and lower latitudes, so planes can hit them during takeoffs or landings or even up to 30,000 feet above the ground.