A passenger plane pilot was forced to make an emergency landing after a bird flew into one of the engines.
Video of the terrifying moment shows flames shooting from one of the plane’s engines shortly after takeoff.
The hero pilot had to turn around and return to the airport.
The incident occurred during Avianca flight AV9377 on April 25 from the island of San Andrés to Bogotá in Colombia.
The plane had to return to Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport in San Andrés, which is located in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Nicaragua, but is part of Colombia.
(Flames circle) – A plane is hit by a bird strike shortly after takeoff
The motorcycle that was hit by a bird
The Airbus A 320-214 made a successful emergency landing.
Avianca issued a statement the same day highlighting the actions of pilots Andres Dallimonti and Felipe Torres.
The airline said the flight landed in San Andrés at 15:10 local time and all 184 passengers on board were unharmed.
Airport officials transferred the passengers to another flight to Bogotá, which departed at 8:30 p.m.
A plane is hit by a bird strike shortly after takeoff.
Federico Pedreira, chief operating officer of Avianca, praised the pilots for returning safely to the airport after the bird attack.
He added: “Measures must be taken against the presence of birds at airports, their proximity and approach and departure routes.
“The safety of our customers and teams is non-negotiable.”
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