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Bird strike grounds Air Force Two with Biden aboard

April 20, 2012 |  2:52 pm


Air Force Two, with Vice President Joe Biden aboard, had to land in Santa Barbara late Thursday after a bird strike, officials said.

“The Vice President left Santa Barbara this afternoon as scheduled, aboard an alternate U.S. Air Force aircraft,” Biden's office said in a statement.

Santa Barbara TV station KEYT showed photos of mechanics inspecting Air Force Two at Santa Barbara Airport. The station said Biden was in town for a fundraiser.

Details of the incident were not clear.

"When there is a bird strike, our safety procedure is to land safely as quickly as possible to get an assessment of what happened and review the  extent of damage if there is damage,” Lt. Gregg Johnson of the 89th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Andrews told ABC News.


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Photo: Vice President Joe Biden. Credit: Madalyn Ruggiero / Associated Press