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Biden's Air Force Two struck by birds

22 April, 2012

WASHINGTON: The Air Force Two plane carrying US Vice President Joe Biden was struck by birds in California on Thursday, a spokeswoman for his office said, but it landed without problem and the vice president, passengers and crew remained safe.

The incident occurred on Thursday night, as Air Force Two was landing in Santa Barbara, California. A person familiar with the situation said the landing felt normal to people on board.

"The vice president left Santa Barbara this afternoon as scheduled, aboard an alternate US Air Force aircraft," the spokeswoman said.

Lieutenant Gregg Johnson of the 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, which is responsible for transporting the president, vice president and other senior US officials, said, "There was no emergency - no emergency landing declared," adding it was not possible at this stage to characterise the level of damage, if any, that the modified Boeing 757 aircraft sustained in the bird strike.

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