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Air Force 2 encounters bird strike during Santa Barbara landing

April 20, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Vice President Joe Biden's office said Air Force Two incurred a bird strike in Santa Barbara with Biden onboard.

An administration official told ABC News that Air Force Two struck two birds during landing at Santa Barbara Airport Thursday night between 10 and 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

The plane was able to land without further incident. Biden took a different U.S. Air Force plane and left Santa Barbara on schedule to head to Los Angeles for a private fundraising event on the Westside.

Air Force Two, a modified Boeing 757, was damaged by the bird strike, and it was unable to return to Washington, D.C. The plane was later seen under inspection on the airport tarmac.

A Delta flight from JFK Airport en route to LAX also suffered a bird strike Thursday afternoon, forcing an emergency landing. No one was injured in the incident.

ABC News contributed to this report.


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