September 17, 2014
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - United Airlines officials say a pilot
aborted a flight just before takeoff over concern that seagulls had
struck one of the plane's engines.
United spokeswoman Robin Urbanski said Flight 1220 from San Jose
to Denver had reached nearly 140 mph on the runway Monday when the pilot called off the flight.
Urbanski said the pilot was able to shut down the engine before
leaving the ground and returned to the gate without incident.
The flight was scheduled to depart Mineta San Jose International
Airport at 7:12 a.m.
The plane was taken out of service while investigators worked to
confirm that birds had hit the engine. The plane's 97 passengers
are being booked on a later flight.
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