CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A US Airways plane from Key West to Charlotte had to divert to Fort Myers, Florida following a bird strike.
All 73 passengers and the crew are safe and the aircraft landed without incident at Fort Myers where there was damage visible on the right side wing flap.
"We didn't hear anything but we were sitting near the right wing and w could kind of see a splat on the wing," said Maureen McHugh, one of the passengers.
The pilot made the decision to go to Fort Myers after the strike when some indicator lights flashed in the cockpit.
"The pilot said we have a bird strike on the edge of the wing and it damaged the flap so we could not travel at a high rate of speed," said another passenger, Billy Price of Charlotte.
US Airways sent another plane to Fort Myers to pick up the passengers and bring them to Charlotte.
Many of those passengers remembered what had happened to another US Airways plane, Flight 1549 that wound up in the Hudson River after hitting a flock of geese in 2009.
"People were saying that," said passenger Tonya Price, "But I'm like I don't care. I'd get on a plane and go somewhere else now. Lock it up and let's go."