- Associated Press - Monday, February 28, 2011

CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — Continental Airlines said on Monday that a flight that took off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport sucked a bird into one of its engines and had to make an emergency landing at Washington Dulles International Airport.

Airline spokeswoman Macky Osorio said Flight 1559 was bound for Houston but landed safely at Dulles on Monday morning. No one was injured. The aircraft, a Boeing 737-800, carried 44 passengers.

Tara Hamilton, spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, said the jet left Reagan National Airport about 8 a.m. Monday. It quickly diverted to Dulles.

D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer said his agency received calls about a plane with engine problems flying outside the normal flight patterns from Reagan Airport, which is in Virginia across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital.


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