On May 17th, a JetBlue Embraer ERJ-190 registered N306JB, performing flight B6 1806 to New York was forced to return to Washington Dulles after suffering a Bird Strike on rotation from Runway 30. The crew were on initial climb when they reported they had hit something on takeoff and that there was some noise and vibrations from behind the nose wheel.
With engines stable, the crew requested to climb to 3000ft and entered a hold in order to carry out some checks. ATC at Dulles International carried out a runway check and advised the crew that a bird had been found on the runway.
Approximately 15 minutes after entering the hold, the noises and vibrations started to get louder, prompting the crew to declare an emergency and request an immediate landing on Runway 19C. The crew advised ATC and airport ground staff that they intended to stop on the runway and requested emergency services to inspect the front landing gear.
Flight B6 1808 returned to Dulles International approximately 28 minutes after departure, and stopped on Runway 19C. While being inspected, emergency services noticed a fuel leak and sprayed the aircraft with fire retardant foam as a precaution.
The 66 passengers and crew onboard disembarked onto the runway via airstairs and were transferred to a terminal in order to catch a replacement flight. A replacement company ERJ-190 registered N292JB flew to New York with a delay of 4 hours and 15 minutes.
The aircraft involved in the incident was 8 year old Embraer ERJ-190AR (ERJ-190-100 IGW), configured with 100 economy seats (Y100) and equipped with 2x General Electric CF34-10E6 turbofans.
JetBlue flight B6/JBU 1808 is a scheduled domestic passenger flight from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD/KIAD) to New York/JFK International Airport (JFK/KJFK) with a usual flight time of 1 hour and 10 minutes.