United Airlines 787 at SFO

ANdrew Njoo/Special to KCBS Radio

Bird Strikes Force Flight To Return to SFO

United Dreamliner Was Bound for Singapore

KCBS Radio Morning News
August 24, 2018 - 7:17 am
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SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KCBS Radio) -- A United Airlines jet bound for Singapore was forced to return to San Francisco International Airport Friday morning after sustaining numerous bird strikes.

United Airlines e-mailed the following statement to KCBS Radio: "Shortly after takeoff, United Airlines flight 1 from San Francisco to Singapore experienced a bird strike and returned to field safely. We are working to get our customers to their destination as soon as possible."

Passenger Andrew Njoo told KCBS Radio reporter Holly Quan he felt vibrations on takeoff. Passengers said they were made aware of the situation about an hour into the 16.5-hour flight. The captain announced the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner had sustained bird strikes and would be returning to SFO.

The plane then spent some time dumping fuel over the Pacific Ocean before landng without incident at 1:47 am PDT. Airport emergency crews were standing by but were not needed.

Passenger Andrew Njoo, provided a photo to KCBS Radio showing what appear to be numerous splotches of blood on the nose of the airliner.

Visible blood on nose of United Airlines 787 Dreamliner
Andrew Njoo/Special to KCBS Radio