• Two passengers injured when bird strikes plane landing in Orlando


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Two passengers on a twin-engine plane were injured when a bird struck the plane as the aircraft was preparing to land at Orlando Executive Airport.

    Channel 9's Anthony DiLorenzo was told that there were seven people on the Piper Navajo when the bird struck the plane, shattered the windshield and shot inside the cockpit.

    The flight originated in the Bahamas and was a few miles from the airport, on final approach, when the unknown type of bird hit the plane.

    Federal Aviation Administration officials said two passengers on the plane were hurt in the incident.

    The aircraft was back at the maintenance hangar where it was towed shortly after landing around 1 p.m. Thursday.

    A large bloodstain from the bird could be seen above the passenger side window.

    The injured passengers refused medical treatment by paramedics who rushed to the scene.

    According to the FAA, the plane was about 2 miles away from Orlando Executive Airport on final approach.

    The pilot and owner of the plane did not comment on the frightening ordeal.

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