Passenger Shocked As Pigeon Remains Perched On Plane Engine During Takeoff
The unusual incident took place during a flight from London, with the pigeon refusing to budge even as the plane began to accelerate rapidly along the runway.
In the footage, the feathered fella can be seen digging in its heels (if pigeons have heels) and squatting down low as it attempts to fight the growing force propelling it backwards.
Eventually and inevitably though, it was blown off the engine and out of sight.
The passenger who filmed the unusual incident - who wished to remain anonymous - said: "In the video - which I can't believe I caught on camera - a pigeon can be seen clinging onto the plane on takeoff.
"I was surprised it managed to cling on for as long as it did, to be honest. I thought it was going to be there with us the whole flight.
"The pigeon was unharmed from what I could tell, it just took a bit of a tumble when the wind speed became too much."
Still, a valiant effort nonetheless.
In general though, birds and plane engines are not a good combination. Last August, a pilot in Russia was forced to make an emergency crash landing after a flock of birds got stuck in the engine mid-flight.
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Captain Damir Yusupov had to land the plane in a cornfield about a kilometre from the runway at Zhukovsky International Airport.
Miraculously, all 226 people on board the Airbus-321 were able to evacuate, 74 of whom sustained injuries.
A teenage passenger streamed a report from the field where the plane landed, in which he said: "I am from a plane that came down.
"We were taking off from Zhukovsky, and some five seconds after we were off the ground, the plane began to shake in a very strong way. In another five seconds the lights on the right side of the plane started flashing and we felt the smell of smoke. Then the plane landed and everyone rushed out. All is good."
Captain Yusupov was hailed a hero in the aftermath of the emergency landing and President Vladimir Putin fittingly awarded him with the Hero of Russia medal - the nation's highest honour.
Reflecting on the incident, Captain Yusupov said he hoped the experience wouldn't put passengers off flying.
According to the South China Morning Post, he said: "I didn't feel any fear. I saw a cornfield ahead and hoped to make a reasonably soft landing. I tried to lower vertical speed to make the plane land as smoothly as possible and glide softly.
"I wish a quick recovery to all those injured and I wish them not to be afraid of flying."
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