By Chris King • 30 November 2021 • 0:41
Image of Ryanair aircraft.
Image: Ryanair Press Office
As a Ryanair jet was coming in to land at Bologna’s Guglielmo Marconi Airport airport in Italy, on November 24, a scary incident took place. Arriving from London Stanstead, the jet ran into a flock of birds, believed to be herons, resulting in one of its engines bursting into flames.
A local captured the moment on video, with the footage showing flames coming out of the right-hand engine. Unconfirmed reports say that the engine stopped working shortly afterward. It has been revealed that a subsequent inspection of the jet showed that its left-side engine had also been damaged.
The plane was landed safely by its pilots, who calmly touched it down on the runway despite reports of the engine stalling. Images circulating on social media showed the remains of the birds splattered all over the windscreen of the jet, giving the pilot’s no vision whatsoever.
Other gruesome pictures showed dead birds, and feathers, stuck on the side of the aircraft, while another image was of a pickup truck parked on the tarmac with the corpses of the dead herons lying in the back of it.
Incidents similar to this one involving birds are not so isolated. A Ryanair flight from Manchester to Lanzarote this October apparently suffered a “minor bird strike” while in the air, and had to be diverted. “This flight from Manchester to Lanzarote diverted to Liverpool airport following a minor bird strike”, a spokesperson for Ryanair had commented at the time.
“The aircraft landed normally, and customers were transferred to a replacement aircraft, which departed to Lanzarote following a short delay of approximately one hour. Ryanair sincerely apologises to all affected customers”, as reported by dailystar.co.uk.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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