Air Force 2 Strikes Bird Upon Landing, Biden Aboard


joe-bidenAir Force Two, the plane assigned to Vice President Joe Biden, was involved in a bird strike while landing in Santa Barbara on Thursday evening.

According to an Air Force spokesman, the modifiedBoeing 757 plane hit the bird just as it was approaching the airport and landed without incident.

“The plane landed safely as a precautionary measure and is currently being inspected to assess if there is any damage,” said Lieutenant Gregg Johnson, a public affairs officer for the Air Force.

Lt. Johnson said the bird strike was not flagged as an emergency and that all passengers, including the vice president, were safe.

Biden and his traveling party left Santa Barbara Friday afternoon for Delaware as scheduled, but aboard an alternate Air Force plane, a spokesperson in the Office of the Vice President said.

Air Force Two is being inspected before being returned to service.

On Thursday, a Los Angeles-bound Delta flight made an emergency landing at JFK Airport in New York after striking a bird shortly after takeoff.

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