A Southwest Airlines jet heading to the Washington area made an emergency landing at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport after being struck by a bird.
Authorities say Southwest Flight 3118 from San Antonio, Texas, landed safely Friday night. Anne Arundel County fire department officials say they were alerted about a plane in distress near Gibson Island in the Chesapeake Bay. The island is about 15 miles southeast of the airport.
Some witnesses told WJZ-TV that they saw a burst of fire from the jet.
“It rumbled my house I know that much. She was low and she was on fire. She had flames coming from underneath and on the sides. She was burning. It sounded like a carburetor, a racing car misfiring, sputtering… that’s what it sound like and it rocked the house once she went over top,” Glenn Young said.
The airline says the pilot declared an emergency and landed the plane safely. Southwest says the airliner was carrying 142 passengers and a crew of five.
The plane was taken out of service to be inspected.