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US Airways flight strikes bird shortly after takeoff, returns safely to New York City airport

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - A US Airways flight from New York City has struck a bird shortly after takeoff and returned to the airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration says Flight 2191 landed safely Friday night at LaGuardia Airport.

US Airways says the Airbus A319 had been headed for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport with 96 passengers and 5 crewmembers aboard. The airline says passengers were booked on other flights.

The FAA is investigating the bird strike, the second this week involving a LaGuardia flight. A United Airlines jet from Chicago struck a bird before landing safely at the airport Wednesday.

In March, a seagull put a hole in a JetBlue airliner's nose shortly after takeoff from Westchester County Airport, prompting an unscheduled landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

US Airways Group merged with American Airlines last year to form Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines Group Inc.

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