QUAD CITIES - It wasn't the government shutdown that delayed a group of veterans from seeing the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
It was a bird! The plane left from Minnesota Thursday and it was headed to Quad City International Airport. That's when it hit an owl.
The bird reportedly got stuck in the plane's engine. "The other day [Honor Flight Director] Bob Morrison said he had a plan A, B, and C. So, apparently this plan D" quipped Cathy Rochau, a worker at the Quad Cities Airport. "A government shutdown or an owl can't keep an Honor flight from going to see the monuments in D.C."
The plane landed safely and the owl was removed. No one was hurt.
A technician inspected the plane and it was cleared for takeoff. About 90 veterans and 70 guardians participated in the Honor Flight.