LONDON – In the last few hours, a Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-900 suffered a bird strike after departure from New York’s JFK.
The affected aircraft in question was N880DN, one of Delta Air Lines’ Boeing 737-900s, which is five years old at the time of writing.
As per Planespotters.net, N880DN was delivered to the airline back in July 2017 from Boeing Field to Atlanta.
Between March 25 and September 9, 2020, the aircraft was stored in Victorville during the COVID-19 pandemic before being brought back into service.
As you can see from the data above, Delta Air Lines Flight 1907 departed from New York’s JFK at 0856 local time this morning and landed back at JFK at 0938, around 40 minutes later.
Based on such data, it is unclear whether another aircraft has ended up operating the DL1907 rotation instead, with the next scheduled flight due to take place tomorrow.
As captured, we can see that the bird hit the top of the aircraft, just by the cockpit window, but it was obviously noticeable to opt for a return.
@JeremySettle on Twitter also documented the aircraft being escorted by firefighters following the landing, as is a normal precaution when bird strikes occur, as they could have hit the engines.
This is a developing story. AviationSource will approach Delta Air Lines for comment.