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UPDATE: Passenger on JetBlue flight that hit flock of birds says airline lost his luggage

Posted at 3:58 PM, Oct 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-24 10:54:00-04

UPDATE OCT. 24: A plane load of people experienced an emergency in the air on their way to Las Vegas and the passenger who spoke to 13 Action News sounded tired and frustrated.

The plane landed in New York after it hit some birds. There were first responders waiting near the runway.

The flight took off from Boston headed toward Las Vegas. One passenger said this whole thing nearly doubled their flying time. Not only did they get diverted to another airport before landing at McCarran International Airport, but they also had to circle the airport for some time and dump fuel.

"I'm glad we landed safely. It was a little scary to see all the fire engines there along the airport," said Arthur Young, a passenger on the plane.

After all those extra hours and an emergency landing, Young said he is now in Las Vegas without his luggage. This means his wife doesn't have her prescription medications.

"We're in Vegas to enjoy ourselves, to have a good time, but it didn't get off to a good start," said Young.

Young says they were able to text family at some point along this long journey to let them know they're safe.

ORIGINAL STORY: A JetBlue flight that was headed to Las Vegas was forced to make an emergency landing in New York after hitting birds.

It happened as the plane took off on Monday afternoon from Boston Logan International Airport.

Initially, the plane was going to turn around and go back to Boston. however, it was directed to go to JFK International Airport instead.

There were 144 passengers on board.