Fla. pilot lands safely after hitting birds

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A South Florida pilot has only minor injuries after a turkey vulture shattered his windshield, forcing an emergency landing.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue authorities say the unidentified pilot left a Fort Lauderdale airport Monday headed for Bimini when he hit a flock of vultures a few minutes into the flight at about 600 feet in the air. The birds cracked the window of the Cessna twin engine plane and the pilot radioed that he would make an emergency landing. He landed safely at the airport with the bird still impaled in the window. He received minor injuries.

Birds also crashed into a US Airways plane, disabling both its engines, about a month ago. The plane landed in the Hudson River off Manhattan. All 155 people survived.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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