A propeller smashed through the window of a plane after it hit a bird terrifying onboard passengers.
The bird hit the engine with such force that the propeller went straight through the cabin hitting the opposite side of the aircraft.
The model, a Jetstream JS-4, was approaching Venetia Mine in South Africa when the bird struck the propeller on the right-hand side.
The blade snapped off from the hub, penetrating the sidewall of the aircraft and causing damage even on the inside of the cabin.
In what could have been a horrific accident, the blade went straight into an area with seats – which were miraculously unoccupied.
Its force and trajectory saw it hurtle across the cabin and smash into the passenger window, destroying the window pane on the opposite side of the fuselage.
The debris created from the propeller shows splinters of wood across the cabin.
Amazingly, no one was hurt and the plane landed safely.
The Johannesburg airline, Airlink, issued a statement saying: “Yesterday an Airlink Jetstream 41 aircraft operating a private charter flight struck a large bird upon landing at Venetia airfield.
“None of the passengers or crew were injured although the aircraft sustained substantial damage.
“In compliance with aviation protocols and regulations, the occurrence was reported to the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) which will conduct an investigation.
“The aircraft remains at Venetia airfield pending the SACAA’s inspection and a full damage assessment.”
In another lucky fluke incident, a girl was sucked out of a plane, strapped to a chair, and survived the two-mile fall.
Juliane Keopcke was traveling with her mother Mariato on Christmas Eve, 1971, when their plane was damaged, causing her to fall nearly two miles to the ground.
Just hours after her high school graduation, the 17-year-old and her mother boarded a flight from Lima, the capital of Peru, to Pucallpa in the Amazonian rainforest.
When the plane was struck by lightning the plane nosedived and she was sucked out of the aircraft only waking up a day later on the jungle floor.
This story originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced here with permission.