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Bird May be to Blame for Emergency Landing of Jumbo Jet

Posted August 29, 2000

— Maybe a bird did get sucked into an airliner's engine after all -- forcing an emergency landing and causing engine parts to shower down onto a California beach.

It happened last weekend in Los Angeles.

No one on the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flight was injured.

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration says investigators inspecting the jet's scarred engine found animal matter. That suggests that a bird might have been sucked into the plane's engine -- as some officials first suspected.

The animal matter has been sent to a Washington lab for D-N-A testing.

The FAA official says smaller birds are often sucked into engines and spit out with absolutely no effect to the engine at all. He says, in this case, it was probably a large bird like a pelican or duck.

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