Seagulls strike wing of Delta plane at Daytona airport

Mechanics to determine whether birds were sucked into engine


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Mechanics are working to determine whether any birds were sucked into the engine of a Delta plane after five seagulls hit the aircraft's wing Monday afternoon at Daytona Beach International Airport, officials said.

Flight 21883 was on the runway preparing to take off for Atlanta with 149 passengers and five crew members on board when the incident was reported. The left wing sustained minor damage from the impact. After hitting the MD-88, the birds flew back toward the engine. 

The plane returned to the gate to be inspected by mechanics, who are working to determine whether any birds were ingested into the engine, an airport official said. If so, the flight will be substantially delayed or canceled.

A Delta spokesman said the airline is working to book its customers on another aircraft.

"The safety of Delta’s customers and crew members is always our top priority," the company said in a statement.

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