KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Airport officials in Kansas City say a passenger jet struck a flock of birds shortly after takeoff and returned to land safely.
The Frontier Airlines flight took off about 7 p.m. Saturday bound for Denver when it hit the birds at an altitude of about 4,000 feet.
Kansas City International Airport spokeswoman Kathleen Hefner told KSHB-TV that both engines were hit, but only one lost power.
Passengers said they saw flames shooting from one of the engines and there was a terrible smell in the cabin.
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Bird-aircraft collisions are not unusual, but they are being more scrutinized since US Airways Flight 1549 safely ditched in the Hudson River in January after striking a flock of geese after takeoff from New York's LaGuardia Airport.
Idaho 11-year-old kills bear on front porch
DRIGGS, Idaho — An 11-year-old Idaho boy fatally shot a black bear on his family's front porch after he said it wouldn't leave.
The boy was at his home near Driggs, just west of the Idaho-Wyoming state line, with his younger sisters last Wednesday when the bear showed up. He says he couldn't shoo the animal away, so he went and got a gun and shot it.
Doug Petersen, a conservation officer with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, says the boy and his family probably won't be in any trouble, because the agency had received multiple complaints about a black bear in the area. The bear had been hanging around a transfer station and getting into garbage cans and bird feeders.