Fire shoots from the engine of the Ryanair jet on the flight out of London after meeting a herd of HERONS when it came ashore in Italy and plastering the plane with blood and feathers
- A Ryanair flight from London Stansted to Bologna splattered a flock of herons
- Flight FR1194 hit the birds as it approached the Italian airport on Wednesday
- Shocking footage shows flames spurting out of the Boeing 737-800’s right engine
- The pilots somehow managed to land the plane safely with a damaged engine
- Her vision was blocked by a mass of blood and matted feathers
This is the moment when a Ryanair jet, landing in Bologna, Italy, encountered a heron of herons, set one of its engines on fire, and covered the plane with blood and feathers.
The Ryanair flight took off from London Stansted on November 24 and was approaching the runway at Marconi Airport in Bologna around 11:30 p.m. when it popped the birds.
Some of the herons struck the aircraft’s windshield, splattering blood and shredded feathers over the aircraft’s nose, obscuring the pilot’s view, while others were sucked into the right engine.
The engine was badly damaged and flames erupted from under the right wing. However, the pilots managed to land the aircraft safely and no one on board was injured.
The aircraft’s windshield was covered in blood and matted feathers after the Ryanair Boeing 737-800 landed on a flight from London Stansted to Bologna, Italy on Jan.
Several of the birds were sucked into the aircraft’s right engine, causing it to fail and causing flames to burst from under the wing
As the aircraft lands, flames can be seen shooting out of the rear of the right engine
Some of the bird carcasses were plucked from the plane after landing, but the entire fuselage of the plane was covered with feathers
According to local media reports, the aircraft was a Ryanair Boeing 737-800 operating flight FR1194 from London Stansted to Bologna.
Bologna is in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy, known for its lagoons, rivers and rich wetlands that are home to a diverse range of wildlife – the population of which was sadly reduced after Wednesday’s incident.
An inspection of the aircraft on the tarmac after the shocking event revealed that not only had the flock of herons been sucked into the right engine and badly damaged it, but that some birds had also hit the left engine.
Airport workers tore the poor birds from between the turbine blades and carted them away
The pilots miraculously managed to land the plane safely and no passengers were injured, even though both engines were hit – with the right engine completely destroyed
Horrific images show how the aircraft’s windshield was covered in a mixture of bird tissue and tattered feathers.
Images the aircraft took after it stopped on the runway also showed remains of the birds clogging the engine turbines, with feathers and bird carcasses taped over the aircraft’s fuselage.
The airport employees carefully removed the carcasses from the aircraft, plucked the mutilated birds between the turbine blades and freed the door handles, wing flaps and windshield of dirt.
Pictures showed the remains of the birds taped over the fuselage of the aircraft and stuck in door handles and wing flaps
Bird strikes on aircraft are surprisingly common, and although 65 percent of strikes do not cause serious damage to aircraft, according to a British study, they are considered a significant risk to flight safety – and are almost always fatal to the animals involved.
According to the Federal Aviation Authority, which tracks every reported strike in the US, there were a total of 16,000 wildlife strikes in 2018 – that’s roughly the equivalent of a shocking 40 incidents a day.
Many airports around the world have started removing ponds and grasslands near the airport and replacing them with gravel or asphalt to prevent wildlife accidents, but in areas like Emilia-Romagna, the region is heavily populated by wildlife are surrounding wild landscape, the danger is omnipresent.
However, the risk to human life from bird strikes is very low. The International Bird Strike Committee (IBSC) estimates that there is only one fatal bird strike in one billion flight hours.