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JetBlue plane made emergency landing after its tail struck the runway; hail wasn't involved

March 28, 2010 |  8:21 pm

A JetBlue spokesman said Sunday that the airline was incorrect when it announced that hail prompted an emergency landing of a plane headed for Long Beach.

Flight 217 returned to John F. Kennedy International Airport after roughly 30 minutes because the tail of the aircraft struck the runway during takeoff, said JetBlue spokesman Alex Headrick.

Airline officials had said earlier Sunday that the A320 had been hit by hail during takeoff.

-- David Zahniser

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