US Airways flight strikes bird

Flight diverted for safety reasons

Published On: Nov 24 2012 12:40:03 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 24 2012 04:34:50 PM EST
FORT MYERS, Fla. -

US Airways officials say a flight from Key West, Fla., to Charlotte was diverted after a bird strike.

An airline spokesman says the bird strike occurred shortly after the flight took off from Key West on Friday afternoon. For safety reasons, the pilot decided to land at Fort Myers, Fla. The airline sent a second plane from Charlotte to pick up the more than 70 passengers.

No injuries were reported.

The diverted plane was US Airways Express flight 3284. It was operated by Republic Airlines.

In 2009, Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger safely landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River in New York after striking a flock of geese.