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American Airlines flight makes emergency landing after hitting flock of geese

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  • American Airlines flight 2163 from Boston to New York’s LaGuardia Airport returned to Boston Sunday morning after a bird strike.
  • The airplane landed safely at 10:19 AM Eastern time.
A traveler walks past an American Airlines Group Inc. aircraft at Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Washington, D.C.
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An American Airlines flight safely landed in Boston after hitting a flock of geese on Sunday morning.

American Airlines flight 2163 took off from Boston Logan International Airport at 10:08 am eastern time, heading for LaGuardia Airport in New York City.

The flight had 99 passengers and a crew of four.

The plane returned to Boston after encountering a bird strike, according to a statement from the airline. The flight landed safely at 10:19 AM and taxied to the gate, American Airlines said.

Passengers boarded a replacement aircraft, which took off at 11:52 a.m. ET, said American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein.

The airline's maintenance team in Boston will evaluate the Embraer E190 aircraft.