As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Bird in landing gear causes flight to Fort Lauderdale to be canceled

March 6, 2013 7:32 pm

By Mark Belko / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A Spirit Airlines flight from Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was canceled today because of a bird strike.

Flight 727 was scheduled to take off from the airport at 12:30 p.m. but still hadn't left the airport early this evening. In an email, Spirit spokeswoman Misty Pinson said the flight was canceled "as a result of a bird strike" but could provide no other information.

She said Spirit would accommodate passengers by providing an alternate flight to Fort Lauderdale tomorrow morning. "While we understand that this is an inconvenience, the safety of our customers is our top priority," she said.

Ms. Pinson said passengers also have the option of rebooking on another flight or taking a future flight credit or refund.

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